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PhD Studentship: RF Component Miniaturisation

University of Sheffield - Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,009 Tax-free stipend per year
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th June 2019
Closes: 30th September 2019

Project description

All modern societies rely on good provisions of mobile communication systems. Their hardware consists of Radio-Frequency (RF) components and circuits, which are also vital for other wireless communications systems, for example for radar, radio and television broadcasting, as well as remote control.

In order to improve the performance of RF components and circuits, it is necessary to operating at higher frequencies. It brings many advantages, including more efficient signal propagation, better immunity to some forms of noise, and smaller antenna dimensions. The shift towards higher operation frequency however brings challenges in miniaturising these RF components and circuits.

To address the challenge of RF component/circuit miniaturisation, we are seeking a PhD student to join our team of semiconductor device engineer and RF engineer. Although this is a multi-partner project with overseas partners, the student will be supervised by academics of The University of Sheffield. Typical tasks for the student include (i) working closely with our project partners to optimise wafer and device designs, whilst ensuring manufacturability, (ii) device fabrication of RF components, and (iii) preliminary measurements of the fabricated RF components.     

This studentship is open to UK, resident EU and international applicants. It comes with full funding for UK and resident EU applicants. For international students, substantial partial funding is available.

The normal place of work will be the University of Sheffield. In addition to attending conferences, the student will also have opportunities to visit project collaborators.


The PhD student will be supervised by Prof Jo Shien Ng and Mr Eddie Ball.

Selection criteria

A good degree in electronic engineering or physics and interest in semiconductor devices.

How to apply

Candidates should email their CV and covering letter to Prof Jo Shien Ng (

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