PhD Studentship - Diamond-based High Temperature Strain Sensors for Hostile Environments

Aston University - Engineering and Applied Science

Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 3 years)

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 31 October 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the International Consortium of Nanotechnologies and Lloyds Foundation, to be undertaken within the Nanoscience Research Group at Aston University under the supervision of Dr Haitao Ye. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on surface and coatings technology or semiconductor devices based on diamond related materials.

The position is available to start in as soon as possible.

Financial Support
This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,553 in 2017/18.

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,005 in 2017/18.  As part of the application process confirmation that this funding support is in place will be required.

Exceptional candidates may apply for Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships to provide three years’ reduced fee level.

Background of the Project
Strain sensors, or pressure transducers, find a variety of applications in automotive, aerospace, and other industries. Current strain sensors suffer from various drawbacks such as poor thermal stability, low sensitivity, poor chemical inertness, high complexity of the required readout circuit, and high cost. The aim of the project is to develop a novel type strain sensor based on semiconducting diamond and MEMS technology. The proposed diamond sensors can advance safety, especially for applications in hostile environments (high temperature, corrosive chemical, nuclear radiation).

Person Specification
The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in physics, electronic engineering, or materials science. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of semiconductor device fabrication, piezoelectric/ferroelectric thin films, and/or CVD and PVD thin film deposition.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Nanoscience Research Group, contact the group leader by email:,

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project,

Details of how to write the research proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

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