PhD Studentship
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, GB
28d ago

PhD Studentship

Department of Electronic Engineering

Location : Egham Closing Date : Thursday 31 May 2018 Reference : 0318-106

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship starting in September 2018.The studentship includes a stipend of approx. £16,777 plus fees (at home / EU rates) for three years.

Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but would be required to have other sources to pay the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees.

The PhD student will be based on the Nano-Electronics Group within Electronic Engineering. The Department has a purposely-

designed brand-new Shilling Building situated on the beautiful Egham campus close to London.

Eligibility Applicants should ideally hold, or be predicted to achieve, an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Science (minimum requirement : 2.

1), and ideally one of the following subjects : Physics, Material Science, (Electronic / Electrical) Engineering, and Chemistry.

An MSc in relevant disciplines is desirable but not essential. Some laboratory research experience in physical subjects and other track records would be advantageous.

Topic : Nano-Electronics

Project Background Since the launch of the very first-generation integrated circuit, the semiconductor-based electronics industry has followed the famous Moore’s Law that the number of transistors per square inch increases exponentially.

  • However, this trend is about to hit a limit within the next decade when the computing units enter the regime of nano-scale and the quantum mechanism starts to dominate : unwanted leakage current will occur due to quantum tunneling effect;
  • high resistance due to electron scattering from interfaces and grain boundaries will result in reduced bandwidth, longer delays, higher power density and eventually breakdown.

    Understanding spin transport and harnessing the quantum nature of materials hold the key for the next-generation electronics beyond Moore’s Law.

    In the pursuit for such goals, the intrinsic material properties are important indicators and the artificially synthetized hybrid systems are valuable models for studying the coherent transport phenomena and could potentially be used as actual components for racetrack memory and logic devices.

    The rise of nano-electronics has been strongly linked with the development of instrumentation in advanced nanofabrication and characterization in the past thirty years.

    The experimental side of the research today has marched to a historical point where the paramount urgency is to use materials of the highest perfection and homogeneity and detection tools with atomic sensitivity.

    Royal Holloway is a national centre for cryogenic nanofabrication and has a strong infrastructure in Nano-electronic research.

    Recent grants have funded a brand new clean room, home to the high-resolution imaging e-beam lithography system. We also benefits from the geographical proximity to National Physics Laboratory (NPL), and the national synchrotron and neutron scattering facilities, where the students are expected to take relevant trainings and perform experiments.

    How to Apply Informal enquiries about the research project and funds should be directed to Dr Wenqing Liu on wenqing.liu royalholloway. For further details on the application process please contact : Sharon Clutterbuck on electronicengineering

    uk. Formal submission must be completed via Royal Holloway Directafter discussions with the potential supervisor.

    Closing date : 5pm on Thursday 31st May 2018.

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