PhD Studentship: Resistive Random Access Memory

University of Southampton - Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

4 year EPSRC Industrial CASE Ph.D. studentship
UK Nationals only, due to funding restrictions
PhD Supervisor: Prof. C.H. de Groot
Deadline: June 30th 2017

Project Summary:

Resistive random access memory is a dense non-volatile memory in which data is stored through the formation and breaking of a conductive filament within an insulator. Such memories will be part of future energy efficient computer architectures either as classical binary storage or in neuromorphic computing. Two types of resistive memories exist depending on whether the filament is metallic or based on oxygen vacancies. The study of the behaviour of both kind of devices under bombardment with individual ions and neutrons will lead to both fundamental understanding of the origin of the switching mechanism as well as confidence in the reliability of its operation under harsh environments.

Applications are invited for this EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in collaboration with AWE. The studentships will be based in the Nano Research Group within Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). The research project will use the state-of-the art cleanroom Facilities of the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre ( as starting point for the fabrication, in-situ characterisation, and measurement of electronic properties of resistive memory.

Candidate Requirements:

Applications would be welcome from candidates holding good degrees (1st class or 2:1 honours) in physics, chemistry, materials science, or electronic engineering. Experimental skills are essential. In addition to the standard EPSRC PhD studentship, this position includes an enhanced annual stipend, industrial placement, and generous annual allowance to cover attendance at international conferences. This post is open to UK citizens only, due to funding restrictions.


Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Kees de Groot ( by emailing

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, mentioning the project and project supervisor - see

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