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PhD in SiC and GaN Power Electronics: Innovative semi-conductor materials, GaN and SiC, offer significant design and performance-based benefits over silicon and are a real competitive advantage.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Innovative semi-conductor materials, GaN and SiC, offer significant design and performance-based benefits over silicon and are a real competitive advantage. Reducing CO2 and renewable energy are reliant on enhanced and efficient technology. This power electronics PhD seeks to do just that.

Would you like to address the challenges of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by enhancing energy efficiency in vehicles, or by making equipment more compact and lightweight? Are you interested in renewable energy and the technology that turns a variable supply of electricity into the reliable flow of power that users require? A step-change in technology from silicon to GaN and SiC is looming, where the core of power management equipment is going to drastically shrink and become more efficient. International companies are in need of experts in this emerging field of power electronic engineering.

This PhD will work with the world’s fastest and most efficient power electronics, which uses GaN and SiC transistors. It will also involve a novel active gatedriving technology, and a unique GHz current sensing technology which have been developed in the Bristol Electrical Energy Management (EEMG) research group. The EEMG at the University of Bristol is a multi-disciplinary team of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academics who have developed some of the world’s fastest GaN circuits, gate drivers, and lowest-power electronic sensors. Together, we develop new applications and techniques to help companies adopt these emerging power electronic technologies, and make energy use more efficient. For more information visit: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/research/em/phd-opportunities-/

The University of Bristol EEMG PhD experience:
- Enhanced tax-free stipends
- Membership of the top intentional research networks in the field
- Work closely with academic experts; our policy is to limit our PhD intake to no more than two per academic staff ever year
- Access to best in class equipment and facilities
- Research expenses and international conference attendance paid for
- Living in the #1 UK City (Sunday Times 2017)
- Joining an internationally leading group in one of the world's top 50 and UK top 10 ranked Universities (QS 2020)
- Researching high impact clean energy challenges of the future
- Industry sponsorship and placements
- Training in the state-of-art technologies
- Professional development through our Bristol Doctoral College
- Work and learn in a top 2 UK university with leading employers (High Fliers 2019) and a top 5 UK university for research (THE analysis of REF 2014).

For more information visit http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/research/em/ or email

The University of Bristol is committed to equality and we value the diversity of our staff and students, we welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for this studentship submit a PhD application here: [http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/] Please ensure that in the Funding section you tick “I would like to be considered for an iCASE 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, Bernard Stark. Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

Funding Notes

This PhD is funded by an EPSRC ICase award, with additional support from Toshiba, who develop state-of-the-art power electronics.

The scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the 1st day of the PhD) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (2019 RCUK rate £15,009 which is the pre-tax equivalent of £20,450) enhanced by an additional £1,000 per year industrial top-up, subject to contracts.

Non-resident in UK may also apply but will only qualify for PhD tuition fees. Allowance for conference travel and consumables is also provided.

Candidates can check the eligibility criteria for the award at View Website

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