PhD Studentship in Functional Materials for Printing Neuromorphic Circuits

Applications are invited for an EPSRC PhD studentship in the School of Chemistry at the University of Manchester to be carried out under the supervision of Professor M.L. Turner. The studentship offers an exciting opportunity to develop the organic materials and processes necessary to deliver printed electronic devices that mimic the way in which the human brain processes information. These brain-inspired devices will be at the core of future computing systems as they can increase the speed of computation and reduce power consumption. This project will develop the solution processable materials and the processes necessary to fabricate these devices. The specific objectives of the project are to develop: (i) solution processable semiconducting, dielectric and ferroelectric materials for low voltage OFET and FERROFET memory devices, (ii) processes for printing these materials and (iii) printing of neuromorphic circuits based on OFETs, FERROFETs and passive components (resistors and capacitors). Dr Leszek Majewski (EEE) will act as co-supervisor of the project and training in all aspects of the project will be supported by postdoctoral research associates of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large Area Electronics (iPESS and pNeuron projects).

Candidates should have a first or upper-second class honours degree in Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Materials Science, Physics or Electronic Engineering and an enthusiastic approach to interdisciplinary research. An understanding of the principles of operation of organic electronic devices would be advantageous.

The position is available to UK and EU nationals only and is available for a 2016 start.

Please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. The cover letter must contain a short paragraph covering your research interests and your motivation for the project.

For more information, please contact Professor M.L. Turner.  

Application closing date: 8 January 2016


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