PhD Opportunity in Computationally Efficient Electromagnetic Algorithm Development for Complex Circuit Simulation

University of Surrey - Advanced Technology Institute

The University of Surrey are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Doctoral student to work in a fast-paced, progress-oriented environment.

The successful student will be responsible for algorithm research and software R&D which will enable the next generation of wireless devices, including 5G phones, 5G base-stations, satellite communications, and more.

They will be working with a prototype of a state of the art algorithm, and a commercial software package used by engineers around the world to design circuits used in cell phones, satellites, medical devices, Wi-Fi, and many other types of wireless and microwave electronics.

The successful student will research electromagnetic simulation speedup and efficient parallelization of such, and will have access to cutting-edge Method of Moments (MoM) simulator algorithms, as well as a high-end supercomputer with which to develop and enhance said algorithms.

Enhancements in parallelization may also be applied to GPUs where applicable.

The end result is expected to be able to solve some of, if not the most complex electromagnetics problem(s) in the history of the industry.

May include sponsored travel to New York, USA to work directly with industry partner.

Further information about PhD places in Surrey can be found here

Further information about our cutting-edge research can be found here: and

All Surrey PhD researchers are supported and encouraged in the development of their technical and transferrable skills through training and mentoring programs.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a first-class or 2:1 degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering or Physics; a solid background in Microwave Engineering is an additional advantage.

Required Skills: Linear Algebra, Data Structures, Algorithms, Basic Microwaves, and/or Electromagnetics.

Beneficial Skills: C++, MATLAB, Python, GMRES (or equiv.), Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL), Advanced Microwaves, and Electromagnetics.


The post is open for home-fee qualifying applicants.

How to apply

For further information about these projects, please email Dr Peter Aaen (

Formal applications can be made through our programme page.

The deadline for applications is 16December 2017.

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