About the Project
The purpose of this well-funded ICASE PhD (funded for four years with full UK fees plus tax-free stipend) is to investigate the feasibility of using high frequency acoustic waves for underwater acoustic communication. It will develop covert short range communication capability that enables multiple assets to cooperate in the complex and dynamic underwater environment without counter-detection; this will allow squads of autonomous assets to search or survey areas in faster time.
The project is part of the on-going relationship between the University of York and Thales UK. The successful candidate will join a thriving group of researchers working on underwater communication and networking (https://www.york.ac.uk/electronic-engineering/research/communication-technologies/underwater-networks/) in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York, and will be supervised by Dr Paul Mitchell and Dr Ben Henson. Short periods of time will be spent at Thales UK, including the ability to undertake practical experiments in controlled quarry and also at-sea environments, thus giving the successful candidate practical, real-world experience which is a valuable skill sought by employers.
The successful applicant should have a strong interest in communications for challenging environments and experimental work, with excellent programming skills. Experience of MATLAB would be an advantage.
This PhD must start by 1st September 2020 at the latest.
Academic entry requirements:
Candidates must have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second-class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, or a related subject. Prior research or industry experience would also be an advantage.
How to apply:
Applicants must apply via the University’s online application system at https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/. Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process. To apply, please select the PhD in Electronic Engineering. Please specify in your PhD application that you would like to be considered for this studentship.
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