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PhD Studentship: Aerosol Jet Printed Electronic Devices

University of Sheffield - Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st December 2022
Closes: 1st March 2023
 

Summary:

We have an exciting PhD scholarship within Electronic Engineering Sensor Systems at the University of Sheffield for a project entitled "Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics Devices". The scholarship provides £17.5k tax free stipend (equivalent to a £25k salary), and there would be considerable opportunities for the stipend to be supplemented further by tax-free income from commercial projects for a candidate with the right skillset. The candidate will be provided with a Research Training Support Grant of £4500, and will be provided with additional funding on consumables to enable them to carry out their research.

Printed electronics will cause a paradigm shift within the electronics industry. Through “spray-printing” organic electronic circuits directly, there are significant cost and environmental benefits compared to conventional techniques. Furthermore, printed electronics can be created upon “any” surface, opening up the potential of many new applications, including wearable electronics for energy harvesting and healthcare, along with a whole host of sensors Internet of Things Systems. This project will develop printed electronic devices for use within a range of new and exciting applications, enabling capabilities not possible through traditional techniques. Through the development of high-speed organic transistors, essential electronic “building blocks”, such as oscillators, logic gates and operational will be created for use within millimetre wave communications and industrial instrumentation. These printed electronic devices will be combined with traditional electronic and photonics devices for the creation of truly novel hybrid electronics. These buildings blocks will be tested within the department’s state of the art millimetre wave facility and well as the Sensor Systems Group’s electronic and optical characterisation facilities.

This exciting opportunity is ideally suited to a candidate who wishes to apply their knowledge and experience within engineering or science in order to carry out “fundamental” scientific research. During the course of their PhD, the candidate will be given opportunities to work with a wide range of collaborators, within both academia and in industry. They will be strongly encouraged to publish their research within high quality journal papers, as well as presenting it at international conferences.

About the Research Group:

The project will take place within the Sensor Systems Group within the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department. The group specialises in the development of novel sensor system based instrumentation, used within both academic and industrial applications. In addition to the development of aerosol jet printed electronics and photonics, the group has an expertise in non-contact temperature measurement, working with several industrial collaborators, including Tata Steel and Rolls-Royce. The candidate will benefit from working within a large research group, and learn from experienced members of staff and other PhD students. Group members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, with the group promoting a friendly and inclusive working environment.

Academic Requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Bachelors/Masters Honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or a closely related discipline. The candidate is not expected to have any previous experience within the field of aerosol jet printing, nor millimetre wave applications. The studentship is available to home applicants only, and will start in February 2023.

Application and enquiries:

For more information and informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr. Matthew Hobbs (m.hobbs@sheffield.ac.uk). To apply for this position, please submit a CV and covering letter via e-mail, or via the Apply Link.

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