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PhD Studentship Opportunity: Developing and exploiting new multi-physics measurement techniques for devices for future 5G/6G communication systems


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Koen Buisman, Dr R Sporea  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Guildford United Kingdom Electrical Engineering

About the Project

We are currently offering a studentship in the area of multi-physics measurements of microwave power transistors. These transistors play important roles in mobile phone infrastructure, satellite communications, terrestrial broadcast, avionic and weather radar systems, to name but just a few applications. Ever increasing market demands for increased power and efficiency requires accurate measurements under specific realistic conditions. For the successful realization and application of these devices based on e.g. GaN, LDMOS, and GaAs technologies, we need to consider a comprehensive view of the inevitable coupling that occurs between device physics, electromagnetics and the thermal environment.

The project is hosted in n3m-labs, a multi-physics characterisation laboratory for microwave semiconductor devices, in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory, the UK's National Metrology Institute. The laboratory is very well equipped with unique measurement capabilities for measuring electric fields and thermal imaging of microwave devices and circuits while they are in operation.

You will contribute to the development of a multi-physics measurement platform to measure power transistors, power-amplifiers and antennas under realistic conditions. Which will take into account the requirements on future 5G/6G communication systems. You will closely collaborate with academic and industrial partners in the research programme activities.

The supervisory team consists of Dr Koen Buisman and Dr Radu Sporea. Our expertise covers microwave and mm-wave devices and circuits including measurements thereof (Buisman), and semiconductor devices and their characterisation (Sporea). External supervision will be provided by the National Physical Laboratory. We have a track record of publishing our results in high impact journals, and we anticipate the work that you do will generate this level of excitement.

Read more about this research group

This is a 3 year project starting in July 2021.

Entry requirements

Bachelors or Masters level in physics, or electronic engineering, with grades/GPA at minimum equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Advanced Technology Institute PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab.

Please state clearly the studentship project at you would like to apply for.

Only nationals of the UK/EU are eligible for this studentship and applications from non-UK/EU nationals will be ignored.

Please also send a covering letter, detailed CV, copy of your current or most recent academic transcript, copy of passport, two referees and contact information should also be included with your application.

Applications should be sent to Dr Koen Buisman, [Email Address Removed], no later than 17.00 on 31st May 2021. Please use “Multi-physics measurement PhD studentship n3m-labs application” in the subject line.


Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees covered for 3 years. Stipend at £15,285 p.a. (2021/22). Personal computer (provided by the department). This opportunity is funded by EURAMET EMPIR and the University of Surrey.
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