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PhD Studentship: Intelligent Control of GaN and SiC Power Electronic Devices

University of Bristol - Faculty of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,500 tax-free stipend and covers full UK/EU PhD tuition fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th June 2019
Closes: 13th September 2019

The project:

Applications are invited for a PhD candidate to join the Electrical Energy Management Group within the Faculty of Engineering. The Group's research explores the challenges of high efficiency electrical energy conversion systems for applications in renewable power generation, electric vehicles, and aircraft. Much of this research involves theoretical predictions combined with physical concept demonstration and test.

You will join the internationally-leading team that developed the world’s fastest active gate driver for GaN power devices. Emerging GaN power devices are poised to dramatically reduce the size and weight of the power management equipment in electric vehicles and renewable generation. You will investigate how to practically achieve the theoretically predicted improvements in power efficiency. The project aims to develop a closed-loop control system that automatically maintains peak efficiency whilst reducing electromagnetic emissions. The system may need to adapt the shape of gate signals to changing power throughput, current and temperature. This will involve building GaN power electronics in the kW range, developing expertise in high-bandwidth current and temperature sensing, and using cutting-edge commercial drivers and high-resolution custom driver-chips designed by the Bristol team. You will develop the skills needed to help industry migrate from Silicon to more efficient power conversion technologies such as SiC and GaN, whilst also developing your research skills.

The project is sponsored by EPSRC and Toshiba, which will provide the opportunity to collaborate with a world-leading industry research team.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Bernard Stark (

Interviews will take place shortly after the application deadline.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select “Electrical and Electronic Engineering, PhD” on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Candidate requirements:

Ideally a 1st or 2:1 BSc/MSc degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or a related discipline, with knowledge of Power Electronics or Electronic Devices.


Scholarship covers full UK/EU PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of £16,500 in 2019/20.


Please contact with a CV if you would like further information.

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