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PhD CASE Studentship in Electronic Engineering with Sonardyne International Ltd - Extremely High Data Rate (EHDR) Acoustic Communications

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    Dr P A Haigh
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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Start date and duration

September 2020, 4 years


Interested in underwater systems or telecoms? This PhD studentship forms part of a collaboration with Sonardyne to develop a world leading capability in high data rate underwater communication for collecting information from underwater vehicles and sensors. It brings together expertise and hardware from a world leading company with innovative research from the ISC group in the School of Engineering ( and expose the student to a unique mix of leading-edge research and product development.

The overall aim of the PhD position is to develop a new paradigm in underwater communications, namely, extremely high data rate (EHDR) acoustic communications. The project will provide a step change in the achievable data rate through intelligent control of the link between the surface vessel and the submersible. This is important because the oceanic channel is one of the most destructive to communication links due to the impact of severe multi-path propagation and Doppler shift. This will be achieved through:
•Developing and experimentally verifying new modulation schemes.
•Investigating high performance digital signal processing methods such as advanced equalisation.
•Experimentally demonstrating real world integrated testbeds in sub-sea communication links.
•Interaction with Sonardyne International Ltd including a three-month placement.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel to international conferences and meetings, and will be provided with soft skills and personal training.

For more information contact: [Email Address Removed]


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Sonardyne International Ltd

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Paul Anthony Haigh (Newcastle) -

Mr Jeff Neasham (Newcastle)

Dr Darryl Newborough (Sonardyne)

Dr Jonathon Davies (Sonardyne)

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in electronic/electrical engineering, communications engineering, physics or a related subject.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (

The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:
•insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
•select ‘PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering (full time) - Electrical & Electronic Engineering’ as the programme of study
•insert the studentship code cas20-03 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code cas20-03 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

You should also send your covering letter and CV to Dr Paul Anthony Haigh at [Email Address Removed]


For further details, please contact:

Dr Paul Anthony Haigh (

School of Engineering (

E-mail: [Email Address Removed]

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5207

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009. Also, significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

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