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PhD on advanced power electronics, smart gate driving, and failure prediction

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This PhD studentship is fully funded by Toshiba.

Emerging high-speed SiC and GaN power semiconductor devices offer significant design and performance-based benefits over existing devices and are a real competitive advantage. Reducing CO2 and renewable energy are reliant on enhanced and efficient technology. However, uptake will be slow if devices are unreliable. This power electronics PhD investigates failure detection, via the gate driver, in high-speed power electronics.

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? With emerging wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices, a step-change in switching speeds 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.

A PhD study offers a unique opportunity to develop in-depth skills and knowledge that will provide a springboard for further career progression. This PhD will investigate high-speed gate drivers, sensing, and emerging transistors, including novel components developed by the Bristol Electrical Energy Management (EEMG) research group ( and Toshiba. The EEMG 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.


Ideally a 1st or 2:1 BSc/MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a similar discipline, ideally with a Masters.

Please make an online application for this project using the University of Bristol online application system visit Please select on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form. Please ensure that in the Funding section you tick “I would like to be considered for a funding award” and specify the title of the scholarship in the “other” box below along with “Research Group: Electrical Energy Management Group” and the name of the supervisor. Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

Funding Notes

The scholarship covers full university fees for 4 years (home or oversees full time students) and a [[tax-free stipend of £19,000 per year]].
Conference travel, computer equipment, and consumables are also provided. This PhD is fully funded by Toshiba.

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