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PhD in Engineering: Diamond-based electronic devices for operation in extreme environments

Project Description

This PhD project is based in the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow and will focus on developing nanoscale diamond-based electronic devices for operation in extreme (high and low) temperature and radiation intense environments.

Diamond is a fantastic material system for use in many next generation electronics applications, including future high voltage and high frequency electronic components. The unique properties of diamond make it particularly ideal however for the development of robust electronic systems for operation in extreme and hazardous environments e.g. future satellite technologies, advanced aerospace applications, extra-terrestrial planetary exploration, long-haul space missions and many more.

The student on this PhD project will work with high quality diamond material to develop robust electronic devices to meet the performance requirements of these extreme-environment applications. This will involve working in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre ( to create and test the diamond devices. The student will gain experience in Nanotechnology and a range of nanofabrication and testing techniques as part of this process to reduce the devices to as small a size as possible to improve their operation and performance. Further information on the diamond nano-device work undertaken within the JWNC is described in the following media coverage:

This project is suited to students with a background in electronic engineering, physics or chemistry.
Please contact us for more information on appropriate experience for this project.

Eligibility: Applicants require an upper-second or first class BSc Honours degree, or a Masters qualification of equal or higher standard, in Physics, Chemistry or Engineering.

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £15,245 for Session 2020-21).

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