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Nanoelectromechanical relay-based computing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, October 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The project aims to develop nanoelectromechanical relay-based computing and memory circuits for emerging paradigms such as the Internet of Things (IoT), all-electric vehicles and more-electric aircraft that require extreme energy efficiency and harsh-environment capability. This is an exciting opportunity to do a PhD working alongside international partners and be part of a team that aims to produce the first nanoelectromechanical relay-based FPGA.
Within the PhD, you will design, fabricate and characterise nanoelectromechanical relay-based circuits and functional blocks. You will have the opportunity to fabricate circuits using state-of-the-art facilities for nanofabrication at the University of Bristol. You will be exposed to the latest industry practices in design, nanofabrication and assembly.
It represents an opportunity for a committed and motivated student to read for a PhD at a premier British University in collaboration with a glittering array of partners and establish a track record in a very novel area of semiconductor electronics.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Microelectromechanical / Nanoelectromechanical Systems (MEMS / NEMS), Physics or a relevant discipline. Applications from students scheduled to graduate in summer 2020 are welcome.

Basic skills and knowledge required:

Physics of semiconductor devices and fields, theory of mechanics and structures, fundamentals of materials, operation and design of digital and analogue electronic circuits and systems, and assembly and characterisation of electronic devices as typically covered in an undergraduate course in Engineering.

Scholarship Details

The scholarship will start when a suitable candidate has been found.

Informal enquiries

Please email Dr Dinesh Pamunuwa ()
For general enquiries, please email

Application Details

Prior to any application please email your full CV to
To apply for this studentship submit a PhD application using our online application system [www.bristol.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply]
Please ensure that in the Funding section you tick “I would like to be considered for a funding award from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department” and specify the title of the scholarship in the “other” box below with the name of the supervisor.

Funding Notes

The studentship is open to applicants of any nationality. It provides a minimum tax-free stipend of £16,000 per year and will cover tuition fees up to the rate applicable to UK nationals. Subject to eligibility criteria and confirmation of award.

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