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EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

Compound Semiconductor (CS) materials are a Key Enabling Technology at the heart of modern society. They are central to the development of, for example, the 5G network, energy efficient lighting, smart phones, satellite communications, power electronics for the next generation of electric vehicles and new imaging techniques.

If you would like a career at the heart of this exciting new technology, whether in industry or academia, we are offering 15 fully funded PhD studentships with an enhanced stipend to eligible students. You will study in a supportive cohort and undertake an intellectually challenging and industrially relevant PhD project.

The EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing has been designed to complement the work of the world’s first Compound Semiconductor (CS) Cluster established in the UK, which has so far attracted over £500m in public and private funding.

Led by Cardiff University and partnered by the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield and University College London (UCL), the CDT will provide a holistic understanding of the entire manufacturing process, equipping graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to accelerate their own career trajectory and in doing so change the face of UK CS Manufacturing.

The CDT builds on various Compound Semiconductor initiatives such as the Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult and the EPSRC Future Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub also led by Cardiff University.

The aim of these initiatives is to drive economic growth through partnership between industry and universities to apply the latest innovative research. The CDT has been co-created with IQE Plc, CSC Ltd, Newport Wafer Fab Ltd, and the Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult and includes over 24 industrial partners.

The PhD Programme

The CDT will support postgraduate students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in compound semiconductor technology as well as developing research and professional skills and an understanding of the industry.

The first year is a taught programme based on either the MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics or the MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics, depending on your interests and background, and will be undertaken at Cardiff University. During the first year, you will develop your PhD project alongside your chosen academic and industrial partners and so will be ready to hit the ground running on your PhD. For details of the programme, please visit our website.

All four universities have an outstanding track record in CS related research with a large, vibrant and diverse community of academics and researchers, and state-of-the-art facilities. Cardiff University, UCL, Sheffield and Manchester Universities have a total supervisory pool of over 70 academic staff with research excellence in compound semiconductor manufacturing.

How to apply

Applicants should have or be expecting to graduate with a good degree in physics, electronic or electrical engineering (first or 2:1) and have a genuine interest in compound semiconductors and enthusiasm for the group approach. Applicants with a lower second class degree (2:2) may be considered if they have a good result at Masters level study or significant relevant work experience. Normally, to be eligible for this CDT, you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start date of the studentship.

We have completed our first two rounds of interviews and have 2-3 places remaining for the 2020 intake. We will be operating a rolling application and interview process for these, with interviews in June, July and August (if places remain). We recommend you apply as soon as possible via Cardiff University’s coursefinder to receive full consideration.


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