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GaN Current Sensors for Advanced Power Electronics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The recent progress in development of power electronic applications, such as multistage and multilevel converters, advanced drives and regenerative electrical conversion, emphasised the need for new hardware components for current measurements.

Commercially available Hall effect current sensors, typically silicon based, have not kept up with the high speed and sensitivity requirements of the GaN and SiC technologies.

The successful candidate will simulate, optimize, fabricate and characterize a new generation of Hall-effect sensors, based on GaN technology, offering increased sensitivity and bandwidth at elevated temperatures.

We seek candidates with an excellent academic record in physics, electronics or similar subject. Specific experimental skills are not required, but self-motivation and a can-do attitude are.

Coventry University

Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The Centre for Advanced Low-carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) is seeking exceptional and motivated PhD candidates wishing to engage with world-class research and world-leading industrialists in the area of power electronics.

Training and Development

• Our research is underpinned by a £250M investment in research and facilities.
• 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.
• The successful candidate will work alongside the research team within the £50M unique world-class Centre for Advanced Low-carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS).
• The PhD student will access extensively equipped micro-nano fabrication facilities at the University of Warwick.
• During the PhD project, the student will have the leverage to work closely with world-leading industrialists.

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.
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:

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Soroush Faramehr

To apply on line please visit:

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

Start date: January 2020

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

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Funding Notes

For the academic year 2018/19, English-resident UK and EU students, or EU students moving to England for a PhD, who are not in receipt of Research Council funding or other direct government funding can apply to borrow up to £25,000 to help cover the cost of their PhD tuition fees. Further details can be found here.

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