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PhD Studentship - Photoelectric Memories

Nanophotonics Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1239820PN

Supervisor:                 Professor Themis Prodromakis

Co-supervisor             Dr Dimitra Georgiadou

Project description

The Centre for Electronics Frontiers at the University of Southampton is a dynamic interdisciplinary Centre that delivers novel solutions for advanced sensory systems, energy technologies and unconventional computing architectures. Our team encompasses diverse expertise ranging from materials process development to electronic devices, circuits and systems. This knowledge combined with our state-of-art facilities and strong collaborations with industry enables us to off­er unique solutions to real-world problems.

Our ambition is to push the frontiers of electronics through emerging nanotechnologies, disrupting current ways of thinking by innovating advanced nano/bio-sensors, safe and efficient energy storage solutions and novel Hardware for AI. To realise this vision, we are seeking exceptional candidates to join our team, interested in devoting their passion for addressing some of the challenges we have identified.

This PhD studentship aims at exploring advanced materials and novel nanopatterning techniques to develop the next generation of photoelectric memories. Solution-processed organic, inorganic and hybrid materials will be explored on photodiode and/or photocapacitor arrays following the principles of neuromorphic engineering. Devices that emulate biological synapses in the human visual system, capable of detecting (in analogy to the retina in the eye) and memorising or even processing images (like the visual cortex in the brain), will be developed. 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 Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics.

We welcome applications from candidates with a background in engineering, chemistry, physics and material science. Prior experience in cleanroom-based photolithography processes, material/device characterisation, and a good understanding of device physics are highly desired. Specific areas of interest include: optoelectronic nanodevices, nanopatterning, neuromorphic engineering.

Funding

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). Funded scholars will receive support for their tuition fees, a bursary to cover living expenses (£18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years) and a Research Training Support Grant for research consumables and conference attendance.

Please note that the funding available will normally support Home/EU students with standard research council restrictions. EU students are only eligible for a full studentship if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing. We will consider applications from exceptional candidates not meeting these criteria.

More information on the Centre for Electronics Frontiers can be accessed at: https://cef.soton.ac.uk

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Dimitra Georgiadou, Centre for Electronics Frontiers, Email: D.Georgiadou@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 9520.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Nanoelectronics (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Centre for Electronics Frontiers under the Topic or Field of Research.

Applications should include

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 


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