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SiC based Resistive Switching Memory

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Supervisor: Dr Ruomeng Huang
Co-supervisor Prof. Liudi Jiang and Prof. Kees de Groot

Project description

The development of denser, faster and less energy-consuming non-volatile memory is of great importance to innovations in modern information technology. Resistive memories have attracted great research interest for next-generation non-volatile memories due to potentials for down-scaling and superior switching performance. For instance, one essential requirement for the wide commercialisation of resistive memory is its compatibility with CMOS back-end-of-line (BEOL) processes. SiC based dielectrics have recently been successfully integrated into the BEOL applications, making SiC-based resistive memory extremely advantageous in integrating into the BEOL interconnects with low cost and easy implementation.

This PhD project is focused on developing a new generation of BEOL SiC based resistive memory devices. You will have the opportunity to join a dynamic research team and have access to advanced micro- and nanofabrication as well as electronic characterization facilities in the state-of-art Southampton Nanofabrication Centre. You will benefit from academic research expertise from a dynamic supervisory team as well as the possibility of collaborating with a potential industry partner.

You will join the Sustainable Electronic Technologies Research Group (SET) in the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). It leads in research and education activities covering a broad range of topics on nanotechnology, electronics and electrical engineering. Our current research is being supported by numerous research grants from various sources including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Royal Society (More information is available at

As PhD candidate you will need to have education/experience in electronics, materials science, engineering or other relevant disciplines. You should have, or expect to gain, a first or upper second-class degree in a related subject (Electronics, Materials, Engineering). You will also be expected to demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Ruomeng Huang, Sustainable Electronic Technologies Research Group, Email: , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 9305.

Entry Requirements
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Ruomeng Huang under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include:
Research Proposal
Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
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