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Advanced RF device technologies for global wireless networks (EPS2020/38)

  • Full or part time
    Prof Jiasheng Hong
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The project aims to develop new concepts and novel designs of RF front-end components deploying emerging material and manufacturing technologies for global wireless networks.

Our future society will be increasingly digitised, hyper-connected and globally data driven. Many widely anticipated future services, including eHealth and autonomous vehicles, will be critically dependent on instant, virtually unlimited wireless connectivity. Radio-frequency (RF) technologies are expected to progress far beyond anything seen so far in wireless-enabled applications, meeting increasing demand of high-data rate communications and improving the efficiency of using very valuable RF resources. As fifth generation (5G) mobile communication research is developing towards a global standard, the research community is now investigating beyond-5G or towards 2030 solutions, i.e. 6G. The 6G is proposed to integrate 5G with satellite networks for global coverage. To that end, this project aims to develop new concepts and novel designs of RF front-end components taking into account of emerging material and manufacturing technologies for global wireless networks.

The PhD student appointed will mainly focus on electromagnetic (EM) modelling and RF/microwave design as well as experimentally characterization of RF hardware. This PhD project has also a good opportunity to collaborate with a large international consortium to develop the Advanced Technologies for future European Satellite Applications (https://tesla-itn.hw.ac.uk/).


All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2020. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). This scholarship is only open to UK/EU applicants who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC.

Closing Date

All applications must be received by 28th February 2020. All successful candidates should usually expect to start in September/October 2020.

How to Apply

Apply Online - https://hwacuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Login.aspx

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:
(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Electrical Engineering PhD and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’
You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be approx. £15k per year and full fees will be paid for 3.5 years.

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