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Postgraduate Studentships

PhD Studentship: New Materials for High Efficiency Solar Cells

Start date: 30/09/2019
3.5 years of funding comprising all PhD fees and a stipend of £14,777pa.

This project addresses the challenge of pushing the world solar cell efficiency limit through the development of the highly mismatched compound semiconductor gallium arsenide bismide nitride (GaAsBiN). This alloy has been proposed to increase solar cell efficiencies beyond 50 %. However, the growth of high quality GaAsBiN crystalline material is very challenging, and requires deep investigation.
This successful candidate will use techniques such as X-ray diffraction, Nomarski microscopy, and temperature and power dependent photoluminescence to investigate the material properties of GaAsBiN test structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy. This will be an integral part of the development of new GaAsBiN growth techniques. The candidate will then fabricate and characterise several series of GaAsBiN devices. This characterisation will comprise dark current, capacitance-voltage, responsivity, and solar simulator measurements.
While the main focus of the project is on the material and opto-electronic characterisation of GaAsBiN, there will be opportunities for the successful candidate to develop semiconductor growth skills, as well as to work with external collaborators who specialise in secondary ion mass spectrometry, medium energy ion scattering, Rutherford back scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and pressure dependent semiconductor characterisation.
The development of compound semiconductors underpins the UK photonics industry—worth ~£12.9bn/year, with > 5 % annual growth (source: Photonics Leadership Group)—and the rapidly emerging field of quantum technologies. This studentship is an excellent opportunity to build the skills and academic profile necessary to succeed in these industries.
The project will be supervised by Dr Robert Richards, a research fellow with the Royal Academy of Engineering. The normal place of work will be the University of Sheffield.

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

This new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training provides fully funded PhD studentships and comprehensive training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing. Led by Cardiff University and partnered by the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield and University College London (UCL), the CDT will provide a holistic understanding of the entire manufacturing process, equipping graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to accelerate their own career trajectory and in doing so change the face of UK CS Manufacturing.

With our innovative 1+3 programme students will spend their first year in Cardiff on a Compound Semiconductor MSc, before taking a 3-year PhD project in one of the partner institutions - Sheffield, UCL, Manchester or Cardiff. You get two degrees from our program – an MSc and a PhD – and both are fully funded and include a stipend.

Applicants should have or be expecting to graduate with a minimum of 2.1 in Physics, Electrical or Electronic Engineering.

The Application deadline is 30 June 2019. Please visit the Cardiff University website for more information and to apply.

PhD in Wide Bandgap inverter-fed motor drives

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Wide Bandgap inverter-fed motor drives.

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Please note, the current projects shown are not a complete list. Supervisors are happy to consider candidates for topics of their own choosing. If you are interested in this route instead, prior to applying, please contact the appropriate supervisor to discuss your research topic.

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