EPSRC I-CASE PhD Studentship - Semiconductor and Circuit Modelling Methods for Next Generation RF Protection Devices

University of Nottingham - Physics & Astronomy

Location: University Park

EPSRC I-CASE PhD studentship with the dstl, immediately available (subject to eligibility requirements below)

The studentship project is being jointly undertaken by the University of Nottingham (Supervisors: Dr Chris Mellor (Physics and Astronomy), Prof Trevor Benson and Dr Kristof Cools (Engineering)) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) under the EPSRC Industrial CASE award scheme and in collaboration with Teledyne-e2v.

The overall aim of the project is to improve the simulation technologies available for the design of GHz systems. Consider, as an example, a radar receiver. The receiver must be able to detect weak electromagnetic radiation and yet be protected from damage if there is a very large incoming signal. To meet these contradictory requirements, devices known as receiver protectors are installed in front of the receiver. These are designed to allow small signals through but to reflect large signals. One part of the project will measure existing receiver protectors and characterise both their mechanical construction and their RF performance. These measurements will then be compared to simulations of the receiver protectors using existing simulation technologies - any differences between the simulations and experiment will be quantified.

The project will then seek to improve the simulation of such devices using cutting edge electromagnetic and device simulation techniques being developed by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham.

This Industrial CASE award is sponsored by dstl and the student will spend a three month placement with dstl in Porton Down. e2v technologies are a leading UK manufacturer of GHz components and equipment, their involvement will allow us to compare the measured characteristics of advanced devices to the simulations.

Award value

The studentship covers University fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £14,553 p.a. (2017/2018 rate) and at least this amount for a further two and a half years. The studentship will also include a three month placement at dstl.


This position is only open to UK nationals, and you will be required to undergo UK security clearance. You will only be eligible for the full stipend if you have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to application. You must meet the EPSRC eligibility requirements. It is a requirement of this position that the student will spend at least three months working at dstl, Porton Down, so you will be required to be sufficiently mobile to undertake work at dstl.

Candidate requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

A strong first degree (at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent) in Electronic Engineering, Physics or related subject; a strong interest in electromagnetic simulation; excellent English - both written and spoken communication skills; ability to program in a high level computer language.

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