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#PhD Studentship: The Next Generation in Power Semiconductor Devices - Gallium Oxide


School of Engineering, University of Warwick

 Application deadline: 30 November 2017

Start date: 08 January 2018

Duration: 3 years

 

 The project: This project will work alongside a consortium of leading industrial and academic partners, which brings together a number of world leaders in power semiconductors and energy conversion to develop solutions for automotive, aerospace, industrial and grid-level power electronics. The purpose is to improve the UKs energy infrastructure as we move into a low carbon economy. A paradigm shift in technology will be required in order to cope effectively with an ever-increasing amount of renewable energy being brought online. It is envisaged that other forms of renewable energy e.g. tidal, solar could also play a role alongside traditional coal fired power stations and nuclear energy generation. Revolutionary changes to power conversion is indispensable if these carbon emissions targets are to be met. The objective is to enable a step change in power conversion, transmission and distribution through power electronics based on new materials. At the heart of such systems are power semiconductor devices.

> The advantages of wide bandgap materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) for power electronic applications are well documented. Gallium Oxide (Ga2O3) is an emerging oxide semiconductor that has recently been identified as a promising candidate for power electronics and photovoltaics. There are very few reports on this exciting new material. This project is aimed at understanding the fundamental performance limit of Ga2O3 power devices through finite element modelling (electrical and thermal) and device fabrication aimed at both power electronics and photovoltaics. A self-motivated individual who will be based at the School of Engineering, University of Warwick will conduct research into the latest gallium oxide power electronic devices. The research work will be undertaken in a state of the art micro-fabrication power semiconductor device cleanroom – see here for more details https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/research/grouplist/electricalpower/peater/facilities/

 

Eligibility: UK or EU candidates with a 1st or 2.1 UK Honours degree in either of the subjects: Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science will find this studentship especially relevant. This project will require a hands-on approach. Excellent circuit design and test, data analysis and computing skills are essential (e.g. programming LabVIEW, MATLAB). We are looking for confident, self-motivated candidates with good interpersonal skills, and abilities to perform excellent research leading to high quality research outcomes and publications.

 

Funding: The studentship covers 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and standard stipend currently £14,254.

 

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter outlining motivation and suitability for this project, and a full CV to www.warwick.ac.uk/EngineeringScholarships/mrj17

If you are successful at the interview you will be required to fulfil the entry requirements set by the University of Warwick. You will be invited to complete an online application form. As soon as you have a University ID number you will be required to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award.