Funded Doctoral Studentship in Electronic Engineering, Department of Engineering, Durham University
Durham University, one of the top 100 universities in the world (ranked 82nd in QS World University Rankings 2022) is inviting applications for a funded PhD studentship that covers the fees at the home studentship level and covers stipend (overseas students are welcome to apply but would need to cover the difference between home students' fees and overseas fees) to work within the Department of Engineering On radio propagation measurements and modelling for 6G wireless networks. The project aim is to conduct measurements in typical indoor and outdoor environments and to study the impact of precipitation on sub-THz frequencies envisaged for 6G radio networks. The successful candidate will have full access to the facilities available at the Department of Engineering at Durham University. The successful applicant will be also able to access training through Durham University’s Researcher Development Programme. This project presents an excellent opportunity for a candidate interested in an applied research career, within a 3.5 year funded study programme.
Project Title: Transmission Channels Measurements for Future mmWave Communications
To enable high data rates of transmissions future wireless networks, need more bandwidth which is available in the higher frequency bands above 100 GHz.
The goal of this PhD project is to study the impact of the indoor and outdoor environments and the impact of precipitation on two frequency bands around 140-17 GHz and 235-300 GHz for 6G radio networks. This will be achieved through conducting propagation measurements using the state-of-the-art radio channel sounder at Durham University.
The PhD student will work as a part of the team, working on a recently collaborative EPSRC funded project with Queen Mary University London and UCL, to address the research challenges in the higher frequency bands. The student will also have the possibility to get involved with other institutes at Durham and training courses. The outcome of this project will provide significant benefits to the student, and build strong skill sets.
Prospective candidates will be assessed on how well they meet the following essential criteria:
· At least 2:1 degree with 65%+ average in Electronic Engineering (preferably M.Eng or M.Sc.) with a strong ability in electronics, and experimental measurements
· Strong evidence of understanding of engineering applications and problem solving.
· Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.
The following criteria are desirable but not essential:
· Knowledge of radio propagation / or signal processing.
· Working knowledge of Programming e.g. Matlab, gate arrays, and C.
· Radio frequency components and circuit design.
Candidates should contact Professor Sana Salous to discuss project-specific requirements.
Funding and Application Process
· The studentship is open for home and overseas students, but the tuition fees will only be covered at the UK level. Stipend will also be received for a period of 3.5 years
· For the eligible and successful applicant, the funding covers a tax-free stipend at the ERDF rate (£16,062 for 2022/23) and the full tuition fees (£4,596).
· To apply for this studentship, applicants should submit their application using the online system: https://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/study/apply/
· Applications will be processed as they are received until the position is filled.
· The Department of Engineering holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting gender and ethnic diversity in Science, Engineering and Technology.
· For informal discussion or further on the position, interested candidates should contact Professor Sana Salous (email@example.com) before submitting their application.
Closing Date for Applications: Upon successful recruitment of a suitable applicant