Measurement of Dielectric Properties Including Anisotropy for Antenna, RF and Satellite Applications

Loughborough University

PhD 3 years Loughborough, UK

Uploaded 17 Dec 2019

Job Description

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020


Primary supervisor: Dr. Will Whittow

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Full Project Detail:   

The exceptional student will have the opportunity to work alongside outstanding researchers supporting the EPSRC grant “ANISAT” (see link below). The student will use metasurfaces to measure the dielectric properties in all three axes and hence characterise the anisotropy. This will enable antennas and polarisers to be designed for satellite communications. The project will include antennas, metamaterials, microfabrication facilities, and RF measurements from 10 GHz up towards 1 THz. The project is in collaboration with another UK University and ~ 10 industrial companies.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Communications, Antennas.

Funding information:

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only. 

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

Contact details:

Name: Dr. Will Whittow

Email address: [email protected]

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227105

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM14