About This Course
A fully funded PhD studentship to start September 2019 is available in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.
The three-year studentship, supported by Bangor University’s Great Heritage Fund, will cover the UK/EU tuition fee, provide a maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates (provisionally £14,553 per annum for full time award holders) and funding for research costs. The primary supervisor will be Dr Yanhua Hong, with co-supervision from Prof. Paul Spencer and Prof. Chris Hancock.
Frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) microwave signals have special properties, which may be applied to new and novel applications. The prime application for FMCW microwave signals is in continuous-wave radar systems to simultaneously measure target distance and moving speed. FMCW microwave signals have also been used in biomedical applications.
The aim of this project is to use photonics to assist FMCW microwave generation and investigate their application to medical and biological uses, for example identifying tissue layers within the body. The project will involve numerical and experimental investigation of the generation of FMCW microwaves based on nonlinear dynamics of optical injection semiconductor lasers.
International Year Zero: HSD GPA 2.0 OR SAT 1500+
International Year 1: HSD GPA 3.0 OR SAT 500+ each section OR ACTs 26+
Undergraduate Courses: HSD GPA 3.0 OR SAT 550+ each section OR ACTs 26+
Postgraduate Courses: Bachelor Degree GPA of 3.0. GRE not required
PhD/Research Course: Masters Degree
Note: Some courses may require higher entry requirements. Refer Individual Course page for details.
Applicants from USA need NOT provide additional evidence of English Language ability, if previous education was with English medium of instruction. Otherwise, an IELTS overall 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent is normally required (some courses may require a higher score).
This project is suitable for students with a good undergraduate degree in physics, engineering or a related subject and an interest in experimental and simulation studies leading to the real-world application of technology.
Prior experiences of one or more of the following areas is advantageous: 1) Optical components, including semiconductor lasers, SOAs and VCSELs; 2) Nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers; 3) MATLAB; 4) LabVIEW.
Applications are invited from candidates who have, or are about to obtain, a minimum of a 2i Honours degree, or an appropriate Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2019. Interviews will be held approximately four weeks after the closing date.
Apply via the University’s on-line Direct Applications System.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Yanhua Hong.
The University values diversity and equality and encourages applications from all sections of the community. International students must satisfy English Language Requirements, in this case English Language Competency 6.0 IELTS minimum will also be needed.
Bangor University is a vibrant research-led institution, uniquely situated between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea. The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has over 30 academic staff and support staff. Core research interests include: optoelectronics, organic electronics, laser micromachining, optical communication, medical devices, materials for extreme environments, nuclear engineering, data science and visualisation and modelling graphics.
Closing date for Applications: 31st March 2019.
Note: Applicants must provide a CV (including the names and addresses of two referees) and a letter of motivation explaining why they want to apply for the project and detailing any relevant experience they have, firstname.lastname@example.org.