Low Power Ambient Radiation Sensors Using CMOS SPADs

The student will model, design and evaluate CMOS sensor architectures addressing the emerging needs in the personal radiation detection applications of homeland security. The candidate will be responsible for the design, layout and verification of SPAD arrays, digital/analogue scintillation detection electronics and associated signal processing. A particular challenge will be challenge to reduce power consumption of the sensor electronics to allow always-on, handheld, battery operation. You will join an existing research team in Edinburgh working on CMOS integrated circuits and SPAD sensors. The student will benefit from an ongoing collaboration with Kromek Ltd, Sedgefield at whose premises there will be opportunity for internships.

This is a four-year PhD that will be undertaken within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Sensing and Measurement. Please visit the CDT-ISM website for programme details and information on how to apply.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Full funding (stipend and fees) is available for 11 PhD students annually, for UK students and EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years. You can find further information on eligibility on the EPSRC website. Students from EU countries are eligible for a fees only award, and we have a small number of fully funded places for EU students.

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