Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship within the Broadband Wireless Communication Research Group in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent, UK. The successful candidate will receive a bursary of £13,590 per annum for 3 years.
Program detail

  • This is a 3-year project, funded by the European Commission (EC), and the researcher is to work under the supervision of Professor Steven Gao. The PhD student is to start in February 2014 or soon afterwards.
  •  A post-doctoral researcher will also be employed in this project, and work together with the PhD student.
  • The University of Kent is well-known internationally, for research work in frequency-selective surfaces (FSS), antennas, RF/microwave/millimetre-wave technologies, wireless communications and radars. The research is conducted as part of the EC project “DIFFERENT” in collaboration with leading academic and industrial partners across the Europe.
  • The aim of this project is to investigate the design, modelling and development of novel multi-band multi-polarization array antennas for digital beamforming synthetic aperture radars (DBF SAR) onboard small satellites in low earth orbits. DBF SAR is the next-generation radar system for earth observation from the space.
  • The University of Kent has excellent antenna and RF/microwave/millimetre-wave measurement facilities including various anechoic, near-field and plane-wave chambers, the largest of which operates between 400MHz and 110GHz with a totally new measurement system including a dedicated vector network analyzer. The antennas laboratories also contain broadband network analysers operating from 10MHz to 110GHz. It has a well-equipped mechanical workshop with newly installed computer controlled machinery, which is for the fabrication of antennas and RF/microwave circuits.

In this project, the main roles of the PhD student will include:

  • the design, modelling, simulation and analysis of novel multi-band multi-polarization array antennas for DBF SAR onboard small satellites in low earth orbits;
  • antenna fabrication and testing;
  • digital beamforming algorithms for digital beamforming arrays;
  • the student will give presentations to European partners and write technical reports and publications in international journals and conferences.

Informal enquiries regarding this PhD opportunity can be addressed to Professor Steven Gao ([email protected]).



  • The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree in engineering or physics with experience in antenna designs, or electromagnetics or RF/microwave engineering.
  • Work or research experience in antennas or RF engineering will be a plus.
  • For overseas applicants, the minimum English requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5 overall including 6.0 in both reading and writing.

How to apply

  • Submit an online application for a PhD place in Electronic Engineering, specifying the research topic – Advanced antennas for digital beamforming synthetic aperture radars onboard small satellites.

Deadline: Application closes on February 7, 2014

 Click here to apply online