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PhD Design and development of novel, gas-filled plasma closing switches for pulsed power applications

A three-year PhD project offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research Group based within the Institute of Energy & Environment.

Number of places



1 June 2017


three years


To be considered for the project, candidates should:

  • Possess a first or Upper second class BEng (honours) degree, MEng or MSc degree in electrical engineering, physics or a relevant engineering discipline
  • Have an interest in experimental research
  • Be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, resourcefulness and a mature approach to learning

Project Details

Applications are invited for postgraduate research leading to a PhD in the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research Group within the Institute for Energy & Environment.

This project will involve the design and development of novel, gas-filled, plasma closing switches for pulsed power applications. Plasma closing switches (spark gaps) find many applications in the field of pulsed power and are capable of operating at high voltages (>1 MV), high currents (1 MA), and can breakdown in the nanosecond and sub-nanosecond regimes. Demand for systems requiring these switching capabilities is driven by the needs of commercial and military applications (pulsed-laser drivers, high-power microwave generators, UWB radar).

The project is open to self-funded Home, EU, Rest of UK & International students. 

Funding Details

The project is open to self-funded Home, EU, RUK and International students only.  A partial scholarship of £2,000 will be provided.

Contact us

How to apply

Interested candidates should email a full CV and covering letter, quoting the name of the project, to Ms Maureen Cooper.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please email Dr Igor Timoshkin or t: + 44 (0)141 548 2071.