PhD Studentship: Circuit modelling for design of metamaterial based microwave circuits: SYMETA (Synthesizing 3D Metamaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications)

Loughborough University

Applications are invited for a Loughborough University funded PhD studentship preferably starting in October 2016 and based within the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering (Wireless Communications Group).


You will join SYMETA’s team on EPSRC’s £4million Grand Challenge project investigating the use, design and additive manufacture (AM) of metamaterials for high frequency electronics. This is an exciting opportunity to join research involving world-leading academics led by Loughborough University in collaboration with Exeter, Oxford, Queen Mary and Sheffield Universities. The consortium covers Materials, Materials Processing, Manufacturing, Physics and Electronics augmented by strong industrial involvement.

Symeta’s Vision:

Introducing novel metamaterial structures into electronic design offers a radical way of designing and manufacturing electronics. The metamaterials developed will give end-users their required EM response, for communication, electronics and defence applications. The meta-atoms comprising the metamaterial will be micro-scale, i.e. small compared to the operating wavelength, and fabricated from new and existing materials, including the incorporation of dielectric, metallic and magnetic components. They will facilitate complex multi-component systems, incorporating elements such as inductors, capacitors, and resistors through to transmission lines, matching circuits and filters, created in hybrid and multi-system AM – reducing waste, cost and timescales.

Your Challenge:

This opportunity will involve enabling state-of-the-art materials processing and future communications technologies. You will investigate the circuit modelling of AM metamaterials in high frequency circuitry such as beam steering antennas, filters, diplexers and couplers. Metamaterials are designed and manufactured to have electromagnetic properties not normally found in naturally occurring materials. At the project’s centre is the creation of novel structures for high frequency electronic circuitry challenging conventional design and manufacture paradigms. Working with colleagues in test and measurement, physics, materials and manufacturing, you will support the development of a suite of circuit models to be deployed in the design of microwave circuits.

An excellent mathematician, with a strong interest in computer modelling, your project will combine both theoretical (modelling) work and experimental verification research to derive the equivalent metamaterial circuit models for use in design software.


  • Exposure to several engineering disciplines within a world-class team while developing as a PhD qualified engineer/scientist in Materials.
  • Working on a national research programme alongside industry.
  • A cohort experience with personal and professional development opportunities.


The preferred start date is October 2016 but there may be some flexibility for the right candidate. The stipend is for three years at £14,296 p/a plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. This award is restricted to applicants eligible to pay UK/EU fees only.

Application criteria:

Students will hold, or expect to gain, either a 1st or high 2:1 in a relevant discipline, or a relevant Master’s degree marked greater than 68%. The following will be advantageous: a high level of numeracy and the ability to apply mathematical or statistical skills in a multi-disciplinary context; and experience of circuit modelling and/or simulation techniques. Candidates must be open-minded to collaborative work and innovation.

Enquiries: contact Prof Yiannis Vardaxoglou ( ) or Dr Darren Cadman ( )

Apply at  Under ‘programme name’ select ‘Electronic and Electrical Engineering’

Note that applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the successful candidate is found. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Please quote: JVDC300616

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