PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Harvesting Energy from Plants

University of Bath - CAST

Supervisor name: Paulo Roberto Ferreira da Rocha

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Overview of the research

The bioelectronics laboratory at the University of Bath is looking for a PhD student to work in the development of new technology to harvest energy from plants.

The PhD candidate will devise and test an energy harvesting circuit, and will combine electrophysiological techniques with confocal imaging to investigate electroactive plants.

The project represents a unique and exciting opportunity for a student that wants to develop a background on electronics, bioelectronics, and energy. Specifically, on new electrophysiology approaches, comprising advanced materials and devices that could lead to efficient and self-sustained energetic solutions.

Applicants with any queries may contact Dr Rocha via email (

Essential Background: First class Master level (or overseas equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Biophysics, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Sciences, or related field. 

A Home/EU award will provide full tuition fees, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, and a tax-free maintenance payment of £14,553 (2017-8 rate) for up to 3.5 years.

An Overseas award (3 years): Provides tuition fee, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, but no stipend.

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

Preferred start date: 1st October 2018.

Application Deadline: 16th March 2018.

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