Postgraduate studentships

The research we do provides solutions to real world problems and we are proud of the working relationships we have with leaders of industry and academia. If you want to be part of a team that delivers world leading research please take a look at the studentships we have available below.

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PhD Studentship - Design of Electronic/Electrochemical Devices and Circuits

Expected Start Date: -

Closing Date: 23rd March 2020

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PhD Studentship in Power Electronics and Drives for Aerospace Applications

Expected Start Date: Summer/Autumn 2020

Closing Date: 31st March 2020

Project Description:

Power electronics converters are key enabling technology for enhancing the controllability and operational flexibility of on-board electrical power sources and loads on modern aircraft. For example, B787 has a total of 1MW of power electronics loads. Power electronics enable re- configurability and active energy/power flow control depending on mission, available power, fault modes and flight conditions. However, the use of power electronics in the aircraft environment is challenging as weight and reliability constraints are very tight. The objectives of these PhD projects are to meet these requirements through novel power converters
architectures and advanced control, fault detection and system re-configuration strategies employing conventional Si and emerging wide band-gap semiconductor power devices.

Knowledge and Experience:

The ideal candidate should have a good background in power electronics and control withexperience of circuit simulation tools, building of power converter circuits, and control implementation. They should have a 1st class degree (or equivalent) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Good written and oral communication skills are essential. The studentshould aim to engage with the global research community, publishing their work in national and international Conferences and Journals and becoming a recognised expert in the field. The research student will be working in close collaboration with Engineers of the industrial consortium tasked to develop and deliver an advanced aircraft actuation system.


One PhD studentship is available for home/EU/international students. The scholarship is for 3 and half years and will cover University fees, and a tax free stipend of £20,000 per annum. Publications and attendance to relevant conferences are essential and funding is available to cover conference registration and travel expenses.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should apply by submitting their CV (including any publications) and marks transcripts to Dr Milijana Odavic ( and Prof Kais Atallah ( at the University of Sheffield. Informal enquires should be addressed to Dr Milijana Odavic ( +44114 2225170 and/or Prof Kais Atallah ( +44114 2225812.

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