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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


31 January 2018


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.

The application deadline is 31 August 2017.

The project commences on 1 October 2017, but an earlier start is possible.

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