PhD Scholarship available – Frequency Selective Surfaces

A scholarship is available in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent to research and implement Electromagnetic/Antenna structures known as Frequency Selective Surfaces. The PhD forms part of a larger research programme: The Autonomous and Intelligent Healthcare System (SYSIASS) project which represents a major collaboration between the Universities of Kent and Essex in the UK and the Institut Supérieur d’Electronique et du Numérique (ISEN) and Laboratoire d’Automatique, Génie Informatique et Signal (LAGIS) at the Ecole Centrale de Lille, France. Hospital trusts in Kent and Essex are also partners. The project aims to address a range of technological challenges concerning RF interference management and autonomous robot wheelchair communications within hospitals and other environments.
A student is required to design and develop Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS) with active control to switch the frequency response. The FSS will be integrated into walls to control the RF channels permitted to penetrate into different areas. The applicant will be working with electromagnetic simulation software and should be familiar with antenna design and RF principles, though they should also be prepared to implement practical WLAN receiver modules and a control system to drive the switching FSS. The University of Kent has a well equipped antennas laboratory with a full set of RF/Microwave test equipment and anechoic chambers. The work will also involve close collaboration with the other partner institutions with whom regular meetings will be held.
Starting on or before September/October 2011, this scholarship will be provided for a period of three years at the standard Research Council rate which covers tuition fees and includes a non-taxable subsistence allowance of £13,590 per annum (2011-12 amount) with a separate budget for IT equipment, software and travel to conferences and project meetings.
Candidates should have, or are expecting to obtain in the near future, a first class or good 2.1 honours degree in a relevant branch of electronic or communications engineering or physics. An appropriate degree at Masters level will be an advantage.
The scholarship competition is open to all UK and EU fee paying postgraduate research applicants.
Applicants should apply online stating that they wish to be considered for the SYSIASS project. Closing date: 31 May, 2011.
For further information please contact Dr John Batchelor (