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Seagate Technology

Seagate Technology EngD Studentship

Research Focus

Industrial EngD projects with Seagate will focus on the technological challenges associated with HAMR. HAMR technology also sets challenges for improving the magnetic data storage media and requires new production-compatible metrology. 

The successful EngD Research Engineer based at Seagate Technology (Springtown) will benefit from direct supervision at Seagate, working on their research alongside Seagate employees. They will gain a full view of the research process for Seagate's technology product focus.

The EngD projects will be in the areas of;

  • Design and fabrication of novel plasmonic near field transducer (NFT) structures
  • Alternative plasmonic materials and process scale up
  • Design, fabrication and test of novel photonics/optical components
  • Design, fabrication and test of advanced spintronic/magnetoresistive transducer structures

During the application process, use the title "EPSRC CDT PIADS Seagate EngD"

Doctoral degree


Student location during the research phase

Seagate Technology, Springtown, Northern Ireland (after the CDT training phase). The student will continue to be involved in cohort activities and occasional travel back to Glasgow/Belfast and via Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) partner the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (Cork-Dublin), for ongoing training and annual conference/winter schools.  

Supervisory Team

Industrial Supervisor, Primary Academic and Secondary Academic (opposite institution)


Seagate Technology is the world leader in data storage technology and in their twenty-fifth year of operation at our Springtown site in Northern Ireland, where they undertake high volume manufacture and research and development (R&D) of the read/write head. The recording head is of critical importance in providing the increased data storage capacity demanded by society for personal and cloud-based storage. The Springtown facility is globally significant and is responsible for around 75% of the Company’s recording head manufacture as well as undertaking nearly 50% of the associated R&D. There is approximately 1400 staff on site with around 130 engaged in R&D.

Seagate Technology is actively involved in doctoral sponsorship to support their R&D activities and the UK research base with long-standing relationships with Both Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow. Many of their graduates among engineering, R&D and management & leadership staff, both in NI and in the USA.