2 x PhD Studentships

Royal Holloway, University of London - Department of Electronic Engineering

Applications are invited for two PhD studentships starting in September 2018.  Each studentship includes a stipend of approx. £16,777 plus fees (at home/EU rates) for three years. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but would be required to have other sources to pay the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees. Applicants should ideally hold, or be predicted to achieve, an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Science/Engineering (minimum requirement: 2.1). An MSc in relevant disciplines is desirable but not essential. 

The Department resides in the purpose-designed brand-new Shilling Building situated on the beautiful Egham campus close to London. We complement our diverse research portfolio with its own unique areas of research to build world-class centres of expertise in new areas of activity. Applications are open for the following two areas:


Harnessing the quantum nature of materials hold the key for the next-generation electronics beyond Moore’s Law. In the pursuit for such goals, the intrinsic material properties are important indicators and the artificially synthetized hybrid systems are valuable models for studying the coherent transport phenomena and could potentially be used as actual components for racetrack memory and logic devices. Our research covers a diverse set of advanced electronic materials particularly in their low-dimensional forms. Royal Holloway is a national centre for cryogenic nanofabrication and has a strong infrastructure in Nano-electronic research. Recent grants have funded a brand new clean room, home to the high-resolution imaging e-beam lithography system.  We also benefits from the geographical proximity to National Physics Laboratory (NPL), and the national synchrotron and neutron scattering facilities, where the students are expected to take relevant trainings and perform experiments.

ContactDr Wenqing Liu (wenqing.liu@rhul.ac.uk)

Voice, Audio and Biosignals

Crucial to human existence is our abilities both to communicate by voice (speech and singing) and to monitor and maintain our health through timely prediction of illness. Increasing our understanding of voice production and hearing provides a route to improving analysis and communication systems in the future. The Voice, Audio and Biosignals Group aims to understand how we hear sounds and to further knowledge of and improve acoustic analysis techniques.  Our second strand of research is concerned with analysing biomedical signals for diagnostic and therapeutic applications in active human health monitoring.

ContactProfessor David Howard (david.howard@rhul.ac.uk)

How to Apply Informal enquiries about the research project and funds should be directed to Dr Wenqing Liu on wenqing.liu@royalholloway.ac.uk. For further details on the application process please contact: Sharon Clutterbuck on ElectronicEngineering@rhul.ac.uk. Formal submission must be completed via Royal Holloway Direct after discussions with the potential supervisor.

Closing date:  5pm on Thursday 31st May 2018

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