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PhD Studentship in Semiconductor Materials and Devices for Space Applications, University of Sussex, UK


May 31, 2015

Opportunity Cover Image - PhD Studentship in Semiconductor Materials and Devices for Space Applications, University of Sussex, UK

Applications are invited for a prestigious fully-funded three year PhD studentship to research new high performance compound semiconductor materials and devices for use in astronomy, space science and harsh terrestrial environment applications. The project will be based in the Semiconductor Materials and Devices Laboratory of the award winning Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex in Falmer, Brighton, UK.

The project provides a unique opportunity for experimental and theoretical work at the cutting edge of semiconductor physics and engineering to help develop new materials and devices for applications such as future X-ray space telescopes and planetary science missions, as well for as terrestrial applications, such as mining, process monitoring and particle physics. One particular area that may be explored in the PhD is the development of semiconductor radioisotope power sources for spacecraft and extreme terrestrial environments.

Studentships will normally include a three year stipend at standard postgraduate rates (currently £13,863 per annum) and fees as follows: (a) for Home/EU applicants, full fees; (b) overseas applicants, a contribution of up to £12,000 towards overseas fees, depending on qualifications.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

Award amount

£13,863 tax free stipend plus UK/EU fees waiver.


Applications are invited from individuals with a good Bachelor's or Master's degree in Physics, Electronic Engineering, or a comparable subject, and an interest in space science, condensed matter physics, semiconductor engineering, or materials science.

Application procedure

Applications must be submitted via the University of Sussex Postgraduate Admissions System at for a PhD in Engineering. Please indicate on the form that you are applying for this position and wish to be supervised by Dr Barnett.


Closing date for applications: 31 May 2015

Further information

Contact details

Informal enquiries about the position are welcome and may be addressed to Dr Anna Barnett (

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Publish Date
May 15, 2015


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