PhD Studentship: Advanced Beam Steering Antenna Arrays for 5G Communications

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 1st October 2018


Primary supervisor: Chinthana Panagamuwa

Secondary supervisor: William Whittow

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

5G communication networks will provide unparalleled data rates and reliability, working with lower powers and latency in environments with very high density of users. In 5G networks, beam steering antennas will be a critical enabling technology, both at the access points and mobile terminals. This project will develop beam steering antenna arrays operating in the recently allocated frequency bands up to 50GHz. It is expected antenna designs will be influenced by areas such as metamaterials, 3D printing etc.

 Loughborough University is well positioned to support this important research having recently invested in brand-new state of the art 50GHz antenna measurement facility as well as a new communications laboratory.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Communications, Electromagnetics, Antenna Design, EM simulation, RF measurements, Microwave Engineering

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Chinthana Panagamuwa

Email address:

Telephone number: +441509227049 

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS11

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