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PhD Studentship: P Metal-Oxide Memory Technologies

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st August 2019
Expires: 1st November 2019

Supervisor: Professor Themis Prodromakis 

Project description

Recent advancements in nanotechnologies and smart materials have prompted the creation of a new class of devices, known as memristors, that compared to conventional CMOS transistors, are capable of achieving ‘more’ functionalities (e.g. multi-bit operation) for ‘less’ energy/space. These devices’ attributes are now pursued by world-leading industry like Intel (3D-Xpoint), Samsung and IBM for memory applications, while our group at Southampton has pioneered exploitations in neuromorphic applications (Nat Comms 7, 12611, 2016) as well as on developing prototypes with exceptional performance  (Sci Rep, 7, 17532, 2017). 

Our group has interest in further exploiting the features of metal-oxides towards developing a solid infrastructure for the envisioned applications through building more reliable devices with optimized characteristics. This PhD studentship aims to deliver novel nanoionic memory devices with properties meeting the latest application requirements (e.g. multibit and/or forming free operation). This will be performed by developing new fabrication recipes and procedures and through extensive material and device level characterization that will also aid in deciphering the underlying operating mechanisms. The PhD student will have the opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team and to be trained and work in the world-class facilities of the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre.      

The ideal candidate should have an MEng/MSc (or equivalent, or near completion) with first class honours or distinction in Physics, Electronics, Materials Science, or a closely related subject with experience in material/device characterization and/or cleanroom fabrication techniques and a good understanding of the device physics. The studentship is available to UK/EU applicants. The Electronic Materials and Devices Research Group will provide research experience in one of its programs, training, laboratory facilities and access to its seminar and lectures. Students would also be encouraged to attend major conferences during their period of study and would have access to all university facilities for wider study, including the libraries, and recreation. 

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Professor Themis Prodromakis, Electronic Materials and Devices Research Group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 8803. 

Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from future experts who have, or expect to shortly have, a very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent). 

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place. 

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

We accept applications from those who wish to receive a funded scholarship, those who already have a funded scholarship from another source, or self-paying applicants, (proof of funds will be required). 

How To Apply

Candidates should apply as soon as possible to be considered for a place for September 2019 entry. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview at the University of Southampton. Note that if, due to your personal circumstances, you are unable to attend for interview in person, please get in touch. 

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD ORC (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Themis Prodromakis under the Topic or Field of Research. 

Applications should include:

Your Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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