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Advancing power electronics through semiconductor engineering

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Power electronics based on tailored high voltage bipolar devices or wide band gap semiconductor materials such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) can revolutionise the field. This project aims to increase our understanding of the performance limits of such power semiconductor devices, and to design and fabricate novel device structures which outperform the state-of-the-art.

The research will be addressed theoretically and experimentally. Initially the theoretical research will involve using state-of-the-art Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) and other Finite Element Method (FEM) suits to investigate and optimise the design of test structures. TCAD and FEM allows for the combination of geometry, advanced physics methods and electrothermal simulations with advanced predicting capability. The theoretical research will be followed with the demonstration and fabrication of devices at the semiconductor facility of the industrial sponsor. It will then be followed by the experimental characterisation and analysis.

This PhD position is sponsored by a leading industrial partner and co-supervised by leading UK academic partners. A highly motivated individual is sought who will work at the leafing facilities of Coventry University and can travel to world leading industrial and academic partners for further research.

Coventry University

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship. The study will be conducted with the close collaboration and sponsorship from a world leading power devices manufacturer and with the collaboration of academics from the University of Cambridge. Opportunities to travel and present your work at leading conferences exist.

Coventry University has a thriving research community of academics and students. It is a recognised Centre of Competence by the European Centre for Power Electronics - ECPE (https://www.ecpe.org/)- and one of twelve-member institutions of the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics (http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/). The Power & Energy lab of Coventry university features state of the art modelling, simulation, characterisation and experimentation facilities. Dr. Neophytos Lophitis is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing of Coventry University with a PhD and academic qualifications from the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the field of power semiconductors. His research has been published in leading journals and conferences of the field.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
PLUS
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

The applicant is desired to have knowledge and background in any of the following areas or to be willing to work towards this:
1) Electrical Power
2) Power Semiconductors
3) Power Electronics
4) Semiconductor Physics
5) Strong mathematics or physics background
6) Strong Electrical/Electronics engineering background

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr. Neo Lophitis at

To apply on line please visit: https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Start date: May 2019

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Enquiries: To find out more about the project please contact Dr. Neo Lophitis at

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