PhD Studentship Advanced Materials for Power Electronics Thermal Management

The University of Nottingham is delighted to offer a PhD position. The funds for this position are available for three years. This position is closed on December 01, 2018.

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship to develop advanced functional thermal management materials for power electronic system applications, in Advanced Materials Research Group (AMRG), Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham. According to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the Faculty ranked 3rd in the General Engineering panel and the University ranked 8th in the UK on a measure of 'research power'.

The UK government is planning to ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars from 2040. This has created opportunities for new technologies to be developed, particularly for electric vehicles in the automotive industry. For the development of electric vehicles to be taken further, power electronic systems need to be improved. Systems, which have increased power density, improved electrical performance and cost reductions, need to be developed, without compromising thermal performance and reliability. Power electronic modules based on cost-effective printed circuit board (PCB) technology are now being investigated to see if they can address these requirements.

The current insulating materials used in PCBs are not well matched the thermal conducting requirement, and have become a challenging factor for making advances in high performance and higher power density power electronic modules. This project aims to develop new support and insulating materials that can improve the thermal performance and reliability of the advanced power modules based on PCB technology. The outcomes from this project will help address the materials challenges in power electronic systems with increased power density, higher levels of integration and reduced cost for large scale automotive applications.

For UK/EU candidates, the studentship will cover PhD tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate) and a tax free stipend for three years (14,777 for the 2018-19 academic year). International students are eligible to apply but the award will cover only the international tuition fees. The studentship is expected to start on1st December 2018or as soon thereafter.

The preferred candidate should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or upper 2:1 honours degree or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, electrical, mechanical or a relevant discipline. The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated with a disciplined work ethic and good team-working skills.

Formal applications should be made online through the University website:

When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Fang XU (email: Please send a detailed CV, a cover letter, and the names and addresses of two referees to the above email address.

Early application is strongly encouraged. This studentship is open until filled.


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