Autonomous wearables using next-generation thin-film power and sensing electronics

Developing and user testing miniaturized wearables enabled by flexible and printed electronics.

Start date

1 October 2023


36 months

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey

Funding information

Full tuition fee cover, stipend of c £17,000 p.a. and a £3,000 Research Training Support Grant.


In this fully-funded, joint PhD, you will work across engineering, health, and social disciplines. You will develop flexible and printed electronic components and systems for a bespoke health-monitoring wearable device, implementing new fabrication and integration techniques for lightweight, cost-effective, and energy-efficient electronics. Your process will include co-design with stakeholders, ensuring specifications meet requirements. Development will be conducted in the laboratories at the Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey and, circumstances permitting, a visit of up to three months to partner labs in Japan will allow an additional dimension to technical and personal development.

In the second part of the project, you will be based at the University of Wollongong, participating in user studies, refining designs, and learning and contributing to science (informed by results of scoping sessions with stakeholders) that uses generated data to study human motion and sedentary behaviour.

To be considered for this position, you will have: a degree in electronic engineering, chemistry, physics or material science; an interest in hands-on development of printed electronics including transistor circuits, sensors, solar cells, and supercapacitors, integrated in a reliable manner; and some electronic system design experience (microcontroller systems, printed circuit boards, etc.). Additional skills include communication with diverse communities, including non-specialists, and a strong drive for developing beneficial and impactful technology, via versatile design. It is expected that scientific outputs will be of the highest quality, aiming for prestigious journals and conferences.

You will join a diverse team, in a professional yet relaxed work environment, focused on outcomes, continuous development, and wellbeing. Opportunities exist to contribute to other projects. Support networks with research groups and host institutions present mentoring and career development prospects. At the end of the project, you will be a leading expert in emerging electronic system design, with a unique understanding of human factors.



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Additional notes

Please note that this studentship award is part of a wider studentship competition. Those successful in being shortlisted will be put forward to a central panel consisting of University of Surrey and University of Wollongong staff who will then assess the applications and select four of the nominated candidates for funding.

Eligibility criteria

Open to UK and international candidates.

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Advanced Technology Institute PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for, the name of the relevant supervisor and a personal statement. The statement should explain how your previous experience has prepared you for doctoral research and this project in particular. Explain how this PhD will support your career aspirations (maximum 500 words).

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Contact details

Radu Sporea
28 ATI 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686086

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