Nanowire Sensors for hearing device - Engineering - PhD (Funded) Ref: 2868

About the award

About the Award The University of Exeter's College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence as soon as possible. For eligible students the studentship will cover a funding package equivalent to UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,553 for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in Engineering in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter. Overseas applications are also welcome.

Location: Engineering, Streatham Campus, Exeter

Academic Supervisors: Professor Yanqiu Zhu, University of Exeter

Dr Yongde Xia, University of Exeter

Project Description: The broad aim of this PhD project is to create nanowires that can be used to develop sensors for hearing aids. The project involves nanomaterials synthesis, processing and property characterization, aiming to understand the physical properties of such nanomaterials. Specific objectives include: 1. Synthesizing 1-dimensional nanowires using hydro thermal process. 2. Investigating the morphology and structural features of the resulting nanowires. 3. Studying the physical and optical properties of the nanowires. 4. Arranging these nanowires into patterns and investigating the sound-frequency relationship. 5. Appraising and exploring the potentials as a sensor component in a hearing aid device for those with hearing disabilities.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,553 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for the international tuition fee and no stipend.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 years of full-time study to commence ASAP, not later than April 2018.

Entry requirements: Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or a MSc degree/qualification gained outside the UK, in materials science, physics and chemistry subject area. If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”.

• CV

• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).

• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)

• Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.

• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 7 November 2017.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone +44 (0)1392 722730. Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.


Application deadline:7th November 2017
Number of awards:1
Value:£14,553 for 3 years
Duration of award:per year
Contact: STEMM PGR Admissions