PhD studentship in Radiation-Hard Electronics

This PhD studentship aims at developing radiation-hardened memristive artificial synapses for enabling artificial intelligence hardware accelerators in space. The conventional logic and memory technologies that are available in the market today are prone to electronic failures toward photon and particle radiations. Thanks to the memristor’s architectonic, the memristive system is intrinsically rad-hard element and brings promises for smaller, faster, and lighter electronics that are beneficial in reducing the space payload and prolonging the electronic lifespan in harsh and inaccessible environments. The students will investigate the capability of the memristors in emulating the biological synapses and the devices potential in exploiting the electrical feedback from the particle and photon radiations. The students can also study the reliability of the memristor arrays as a neuromorphic computation element and conduct real-time experiments/measurements where these memristors will be launched to space (low earth orbit). The co-integration of computing and sensing functionalities of the fabricated devices will also be explored.

We welcome applications from candidates who should have an MEng/MSc (or equivalent, or near completion) with a background in electronics, physics, material science, or other relevant subjects with experience in device physics, nanofabrication, material/device characterization, or neuromorphic engineering. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Firman Simanjuntak (f.m.simanjuntak@soton.ac.uk).