In this PhD research project you would develop a new vacuum electron device concept for a broad frequency range and most particularly for Terahertz band. Terahertz frequency is the area of electromagnetic spectrum that needs new sources that would operate at room temperature and would be mass manufactured. In this project you will develop a viability of a vacuum electron device source that will generate Terahertz signal on a semiconductor material. 
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Terahertz technology is an important area of research in for applications rand from medical diagnosis to material characterisation. This is electronic engineering to develop the next generation devices and technologies for smart application. The results of this research will have far reaching impacts in developing sensors based autonomous devices and machines like driverless cars and robotics, just couple to name here. 
In this PhD research project your main focus will be to develop a room temperature vacuum electron device concept for a broad frequency range up to Terahertz band.

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provide unique educational opportunities to the Defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organisations.

Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire and at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for postgraduate education at the Defence Academy, training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership.

As the project develops, we expect intellectual property development leading to patents and high impact publications. 

It is expected that all of the results will be published in high impact conferences and peer reviewed journals. This would allow several opportunities to present our work at conferences, workshops and exhibitions. Also there will be some travel would be required to do specialist experiments at other locations in UK. 

This PhD program will enable you to develop a new concept in Nano semiconductor devices using the applied physics to deliver a new vacuum electron device for high frequency. This terahertz source device has great potential for a technology breakthrough to boost terahertz electronics as well as your career progression.

At a glance

  • Application deadline30 Sep 2019
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
  • EligibilityEU, UK
  • Reference numberPHDEWIC06

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as engineering, chemistry or physics. The ideal candidate should have some understanding in the area of programming, design, experimental skills and industrial service delivery. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.

EU candidates require suitable IELTS (or related qualifications) scores to be eligible for this role.


This is a self-funded PhD opportunity. 

About the sponsor

This higher research degree is associated with Cranfield’s Thematic Doctoral Community which provides a focal point for engagement and academic discussion for all students involved in research at Cranfield University. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme, provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities with Cranfield’s wider research community.

How to apply

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form. Please quote the following title PhD in Vacuum Electron Devices for Terahertz Electronics Applications and reference number PHDEWIC06. In addition to the application form, please attach a covering or motivational letter as well as a CV.

For further information contact us today:
CDS Admissions office
T: 44 (0) 1793 785220