Mobile smartphones have now become an essential part of our daily life. At the moment, there are typically at least five antennas in a smartphone to provide different operations: cellular radio for 2G, 3G and 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. More antennas are to be added to provide MIMO functionality for 5G. Due to the restriction in space and locations, the antenna design is one of the most challenging parts of the mobile terminal development. Typical problems include such as the coupling/isolation between antennas and effects of human body/hand on mobile phone performance. Although there have been many research activities in this area, how to ensure these antennas are going to perform well in reality is still to be properly investigated – this is the main motivation of the proposed research. The main aim is to develop new mobile terminal antennas with much improved performance for future wireless communication systems.
The University is one the Russell Group universities and the High Frequency Engineering Group at the University of Liverpool is a world-leading group on antennas and related research (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/electrical-engineering-and-electronics/research/high-frequency-engineering/) while Huawei Technology is the world largest telecom equipment supplier with a strong interest in mobile terminals. They are going to work together to find a suitable solution and seeking to appoint a suitably experienced and qualified individual to undertake a three-year PhD research programme.
A suitable candidate should have a good degree (1st or 2.1 Class BEng or MSc) in engineering or physics, and is familiar with antennas and RF/microwave engineering. He/she must be a motivated and technically competent individual to research and develop better antennas for future mobile devices such as smartphones.
To apply for this opportunity please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 September with:
• Supporting documents which should include your initial ideas for this project and relevant papers or reports.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the end of September 2018.
Open to EU/UK applicants
The studentship is fully funded by Huawei Technology. It is worth £28,000 per annum to cover tuition fees, research support fees and stipend. This means the amount available for the payment of a stipend will depend on the tuition fee payable, e.g. Home/EU or Overseas rate.
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