PhD Studentship: Research Group – Communications

University of Kent - School of Engineering and Digital Arts

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts conducts high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact with the spread of our expertise allowing us to respond rapidly to new developments. There is a flourishing student population studying for postgraduate research degrees in a supportive teaching and research environment. We are well equipped with state-of-the-art software and experimental laboratory facilities.

Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship in the Communications Research Group.

The Communications group conducts internationally leading research in a number of areas, including: RF/microwave and mm-wave antennas and antenna systems, such as smart antennas, antennas for satellite systems, printable and wearable antennas, RFID tags and systems; optical fibre communications and photonics, particularly fibre-wireless convergence, fronthaul/backhaul, radio over fibre, microwave photonic signal processing, photonics spectroscopy and biomedical applications; wireless and next generation mobile communication systems, especially, device-to-device communications, massive MIMO, digital and hybrid beamforming and distributed antenna systems.  See our web pages at:

Interested students are invited to look at the list of current projects.  Alternatively you may wish to suggest an appropriate self-selected PhD topic and consult a prospective supervisor for further discussion.

We are looking for an excellent student with a good Honours degree (First or 2i) and, preferably, a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential and will be expected to undertake some teaching commensurate with his/her experience.

Funding Details:  Funding is available at the current home fee rate of £4,195.00 together with a maintenance grant of £14,553.00 (2017/2018 rate). 

Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)

Start date:  September 2018

Eligibility: Open to UK/EU and Overseas applicants.

Enquiries:  Any enquiries should be directed to Prof Nathan Gomes (

Application:  Apply for a PhD online at and specify the research topic.

Deadline: 21 January 2018

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