PhD Studentship in Passive and Active Antennas and Quasi-Optical Devices for mm-and THz Applications

Queen Mary University of London - School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)

Modern communication systems and special microwave applications like security tend to move towards higher frequency bands, namely, mm-, sub-mm, and THz regions. Novel solutions are required to implement emerging technologies. Well known and well established microwave implementations become either unrealisable due to dimensions, material properties, and other constraints; or bulky and expensive, especially for integrated active and non-linear devices.

The recent advances in the Antennas and Electromagnetics Group have shown that it is possible to realise elements of mm- and sub-mm wave ranges using so-called quasi-optical networks and devices. However, deeper insight into such systems, including combined active/passive devices, e.g. antenna with amplifier, is under particular interest and is very timely.

This fully funded research studentship aims to discover new theoretical and practical realisations and design of aforementioned devices and antennas. Both theoretical and experimental results of such work would be of highest interest from purely commercial (e.g. terrestrial and satellite communications), to pure research (radioastronomy) and special applications (spectroscopy, security).

All applicants should hold a masters level degree at first/distinction level in electronic engineering or radiophysics. Candidates are asked to possess fundamental knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Electromagnetic and antenna theory.
  • Classic and long-wave (quasi) optics.
  • Basic circuit theory with emphasis on active and non-linear operational modes.
  • Measurement experience using a VNA or THz-TDS.
  • Basic knowledge of spectroscopy.
  • Basic knowledge of Physics (e.g. Lagrangian Dynamics) and Chemistry.
  • MATHEMATICS – Applied, Mathematical Physics.

Strong motivation to aim for excellence is essential, as are good communication skills. Applicants seeking further information or feedback on their suitability are encouraged to contact Dr Rostyslav Dubrovka (r.dubrovka@qmul.ac.uk) with subject “THz Antennas & QO Devices PhD”. The suggested and more detailed list of topics can be found at http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd/research-topics/projectideas or at http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/people/view/3133/dr-rostyslav-dubrovka.

Details about the Antennas and Electromagnetics Group can be found at http://antennas.eecs.qmul.ac.uk.

Please attach your CV, a transcript of records, and the title/s of your MSc dissertation/s.

All nationalities are eligible to apply for this studentship. We offer a 3-years fully funded PhD studentship, with a bursary ~£16.5K/year and a fee waiver (including non-EU students), supported by the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science of the Queen Mary University of London, UK (www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk). The first supervisor is Dr Rostyslav Dubrovka. In addition to the studentship, we also welcome applications from self-funded students with relevant background or experience.

To apply, please follow the on-line process (www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply) by selecting ‘Computer Science' in the ‘A-Z list of research opportunities’ and following the instructions on the right-hand side of the web page. Please note that instead of the ‘Research Proposal’ we request a ‘Statement of Research Interests’. Your statement (no more than 500 words) should answer two questions: (i) Why are you interested in the topic described above? (ii) What relevant experience do you have? In addition, we would also like you to send a sample of your written work. This might be a chapter of your final year dissertation, or a published conference or journal paper. More details can be found at: http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd/apply.php.

The closing date for the applications is August 27, 2017.

Interviews are expected to take place in mid-September, 2017.

Starting date: before December 2017 (dates can be flexible).

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