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Applied computational electromagnetics for transport, medical, and electronic systems

Department of Electronic Engineering

About the Project

In the Applied electromagnetics and devices laboratory of the Communication Technologies research group we are working on solving problems related to the prevention and control of electromagnetic interference. As we rely increasingly on electronic systems, often with wireless communications (Wi-Fi, mobile phone, satcom etc.), radio navigation (GPS etc), it is important that the systems can function in the presence of radio frequency interference caused by natural (lightning) and man made (radio radar transmitters, and other equipment).

We are also working on a number of problems using electromagnetic waves for medical applications including diagnostic techniques, thawing of cryo-preserved samples, and the delivery of drugs to the specific sites in the body.

In this project you would develop computational electromagnetic techniques which can be applied to solving some or all of these problems.

More about Computational Electromagnetics:
We use both commercial computational electromagnetic solvers and develop our own codes such as the Vulture Finite Difference Time-Domain solver (Flintoft and Dawson, no date). A brief overview of computational electronics can be found on Wikipedia 2015. More information on our current and past computational electromagnetics projects and publications can be found on the York Research Database.

Entry requirements:
Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:
Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.


Ian Flintoft and John Dawson, (2014), Vulture: An Open Source FDTD Solver For Electromagnetic Simulations, Retrieved May 15, 2015
Computational electromagnetics. (2015, April 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11:06, May 15, 2015

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