PhD Studentship: Metamaterial characterisation for 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 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’s and Sheffield Universities. The consortium covers Materials, Materials Processing, Manufacturing, Physics and Electronics augmented by strong industrial involvement.

The Symeta 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.

Alongside colleagues in electronics circuit modelling, materials and manufacturing, you will investigate applying AM metamaterials to produce integrated high frequency circuits such as beam steering antennas, lens, filters, and couplers.

Metamaterials are created to have electromagnetic properties that are not normally found in nature. At the project’s centre is the creation of metamaterial based structures for high frequency electronic circuitry challenging the conventional design and manufacturing paradigms. You will be practical and able to test and understand the performance of metamaterial electronics, while studying how electromagnetic performance relates to and varies with manufacturing processes and constituent materials. You will gain experience in microwave test and measurement techniques, while developing an understanding of materials science and manufacturing technologies.


  • 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.
  • Cohort experience with personal and professional development opportunities.


The preferred start date is October 2016 but there may be 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, 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: excellent numeracy and the ability to apply mathematical or statistical skills in a multi-disciplinary context; experience of circuit modelling and/or simulation techniques; experience with microwave circuit and electromagnetic simulation tools such as EMPIRE, CST, Microwave Office, or HFSS; experience of microwave test and measurement.

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

Please quote: JVDC310616

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