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PhD Studentship in Nano-electronics: Emerging memory devices (ReRAM/FeRAM/memristor) and its application in neuromorphic and in-memory computing


Faculty of Engineering & Technology

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About the Project

Project Description
Applications are invited for a full PhD scholarship in the School of Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

This fully funded three-year PhD Scholarship would comprise the waiving of annual tuition fees, a contribution towards running costs, plus a maintenance stipend of around £15,000 per annum. Option for waiving of fees only is also available.

Eligibility: Only UK/EU citizens are eligible.

Qualification: Applicants should hold (or expect to get) a good (first-class or upper second class) Honours undergraduate degree or a Master’s degree.

Location: LJMU (Liverpool, UK) and IMEC (Leuven, Belgium)

Duration: full-time, three years. The PhD studentship must be filled by January/February 2021.

Application deadline: 15 September 2020

This PhD project will be in collaboration with the world-leading memory device consortium at IMEC, Belgium, whose members include top companies such as Intel, Micron, Samsung, Toshiba and Western Digital. The student will have chances to work at IMEC together with scientists from the above-mentioned organisations, providing excellent opportunities for career development.

The research will focus on developing and characterizing novel emerging memory devices (ReRAM/FeRAM/memristor) and its applications in neuromorphic and in-memory computing systems. The conductance in a resistive-switching device can be varied and memorized in thin semiconductor or metal oxide dielectric or ferroelectric materials, which are easier to programme either fully or partially on/off and they exhibit random behaviour. These features make them ideally placed as synapses and/or neurons for novel neuromorphic and in-memory computing systems. This technology is expected to become one of the major driving forces to support the ICT industry for the next 20 years through a range of disruptive innovations in digital memory, bio-inspire machine learning, artificial intelligence, low power reconfigurable in-memory computing, and Internet of things (IoT). It will drastically enhance not only the performance of non-volatile memories, but also may revolutionize the computing systems beyond the conventional Von Neumann architecture.

Professor Weidong Zhang and his group at LJMU have extensive research expertise into the use and characterisation of various emerging memory devices, through close collaboration with IMEC in the past 15 years. The Microelectronics Research Group at LJMU has well established research record and advanced research facilities. In the latest UK’s official Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, LJMU is one of the top performing universities in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 100% of our research outputs have been assessed as international excellence. Detailed information of the research group can be found in the following link: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/research/centres-and-institutes/faculty-of-engineering-and-technology-research-institute/electrical-and-electronic-engineering-research-centre/expertise/microelectronics-research-group. The studentship is subject to the selection procedure within the University and the Faculty.

We are seeking candidates with strong background and interest in electrical and electronic engineering, physics, or material engineering.

Application procedure:
To apply for the PhD studentship, please contact the supervisor, Prof. Weidong Zhang ([Email Address Removed]), by sending your full CV, full transcripts and a personal statement/cover letter confirming you wish to be considered. You must clearly state your UK/EU nationality, residence status, education, degree classification, contact details and confirm your willingness to accept the offer if the application is approved. You will need to submit all the required the documents before 15 September 2020. More details will be available at https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/research/PHD%20scholarships/PhD%20Scholarship%20Application.

Only UK/EU citizens are eligible.

Qualifications
Applicants should hold (or expect to get) a good (first class or upper second class) Honours undergraduate degree or a Master degree.

Application Procedure
To apply for the PhD studentship, please contact the supervisor, Prof. Weidong Zhang ([Email Address Removed]), by sending your full CV, full transcripts and a personal statement/cover letter confirming you wish to be considered. You must clearly state your UK/EU nationality, residence status, education, degree classification, contact details and confirm your willingness to accept the offer if the application is approved. You will need to submit all the required the documents before 15 September 2020.

Contact details:
Prof Weidong Zhang
email: [Email Address Removed]
tel.: +44 151 231 2868

Supervisory Team:
Director of Studies: Prof Weidong Zhang

Funding Notes

This fully funded three-year PhD Scholarship would comprise the waiving of annual tuition fees, a contribution towards running costs, plus a maintenance stipend of around £15,000 per annum. Option for waiving of fees only is also available.
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