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Fully Funded PhD studentship on microfabrication processes for sub-THz devices for 6G wireless networks

   Department of Engineering

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Supervisors: Professor Claudio Paoloni, Dr. Rosa Letizia, School of Engineering.

A fully funded PhD studentship is available for a motivated candidate to undertake advanced applied research in the field of microfabrication processes for millimetre wave and sub-THz devices, such as antennas, micro-waveguides, filters to enabling new sub-THz 6G wireless networks above 100 GHz with high data rate.

The research is multidisciplinary and could cover both design and experimental work. You will develop new microfabrication processes, such as lithography and electroforming (LIGA photolithographic technique with high aspect ratio), combined with brazing and diffusion bonding for producing state of the art millimetre waves and sub-THz passive components.

You will be member of a vibrant research group, (TWT Fab -, with state of the art facilities for design, fabrication and testing of sub-THz devices. You will receive full support and training for developing your research by experienced researchers.

Among the different opportunities you could also produce new concepts of novel slow wave structures for traveling wave tubes and learn measurement techniques at sub-THz frequencies for experimental validation.

The research project has a broad range of opportunities and will be tailored on the background and interest of the successful candidate.

The PhD studentship is based at Lancaster University.

Qualifications and experience

  • Candidates should have a relevant first class degree or an equivalent overseas degree in Mechanical Engineering/ Mechatronics/ Electrical/ Electronic Engineering or Physics.
  • A background in electromagnetism and in the use of 3D electromagnetic  and mechanical simulator is desirable. Specific training will be provided.
  • Good oral and written communication skills with the ability to prepare presentations, reports and journal papers to the highest levels of quality.
  • Good interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team consisting of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

Non-UK students are welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

Interested candidates should contact Professor Claudio Paoloni or Dr Rosa Letizia with a copy of their CV. Please also make contact with any informal enquires.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by Lancaster University. The funding covers the cost of the tuition fee for UK students and a standard tax-free RCUK stipend (£16,062 per annum for 22/23 academic year) for 3.5 years for UK applicants. Non-UK candidate are welcome to apply, a specific arrangement will be discussed. The successful candidate could start in October 2022 or January 2023.

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