Fully Funded PhDs in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

Cardiff University

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Compound Semiconductors are a key enabling technology at the heart of modern society, central to the development the 5G network, energy efficient lighting, smart phones, satellite communications, and power electronics for the next generation of electric vehicles and new imaging techniques

If you would like a career at the heart of this exciting new technology, whether in industry or academia, we are offering up to 15 fully-funded PhDs with an enhanced stipend to eligible students in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing for entry in October 2020. 

We are an alliance of four universities, Cardiff, Manchester and Sheffield Universities, UCL, and 24 companies -  all with established excellence in compound semiconductor (CS) disciplines. Our unique position at the forefront of CS technology provides you with the opportunity to develop research and transferable skills, gain industry-relevant experience and build contacts with a range of leading companies and organisations.

Our PhD training is fully aligned with the needs of UK industry and co-created with IQE Plc, CSC Ltd, Newport Wafer Fab Ltd and the Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult.  We offer -
  • PhD projects at any of Cardiff University, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield or University College London – all of which have excellent research facilities
  • Opportunity to learn from and work with industrial partners in a fast-growing cluster
  • Funding available for UK/EU residents (subject to eligibility) covering tuition fees, an enhanced stiped and a generous allowance for research costs, training and conference travel.
  • Four-year PhD programme with the first year taught at Cardiff University via an MSc in Compound Semiconductor Physics or Electronics, depending on your background and interests
  • First year includes hands-on practical training in fabrication and characterisation in a dedicated ‘nursery’ cleanroom as well as bespoke seminars, journal club and skills training in a supportive cohort
  • PhD projects are chosen from a catalogue of topics in the first year and co-developed with the academic and industrial supervisors
How to Apply:
  • You should have or expect a first or upper second class degree in Physics or Electrical/Electronic Engineering.Students with a 2.2 in their first degree may be considered if they have or expect a good result in a master’s degree.
  • Apply via the Cardiff University coursefinder link:
  • The first application deadline is 3rd January 2020, with shortlisted candidates to be interviewed at the end of January after the exam period.
  • Further deadlines are in April and July, with interviews being held if places are still available.
  • If you are not yet ready to apply, please note that there will be three further intakes in October 2021, October 2022, and October 2023.
For more information, visit our website: www.cdt-compound-semiconductor.org   

Please get in touch with any questions – semiconductors-cdt@cardiff.ac.uk

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