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Available Industrial PhD Studentships

Seagate Technology PhD projects 

There are three Seagate Technology PhD studentships on offer for September 2019. 

Successful applicants who decide to apply for these studentships will be offered to chose from a portfolio of available projects which suit their skill set and interests the most.

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

Doctoral degree


Student location during the research phase

Academic, either in Queen's University Belfast or the University of Glasgow (unlike the EngD)

Supervisory Team

Primary Academic, Industrial Supervisor 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 PhD 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. 


Industrial PhD 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. 

For 2019 there are three studentships to study on an industry aligned PhD based at either Queen’s University Belfast or the University of Glasgow with Seagate Technology. All projects may well involve interaction and collaboration with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre

Successful candidates will be able to choose the research direction from a portfolio of projects in the areas of;

  • Design of ultra high confinement (<20nm) heat spots
  • Design plasmonic near field transducer structures with reduced heat spot curvature
  • Optimal wavelength for low operation temperature plasmonic near field antennae
  • Alternate plasmonic material fabrication and characterisation
  • 2D plasmonic material evaluation and characterisation
  • Atomistic simulation of plasmonic materials 
  • Advanced solid state lasers design and fabrication e.g. ultrahigh wall plug efficiency, folded cavity, low beam divergence, burn-in free lasers, nanowire lasers, plasmonic lasers
  • Design and Fabrication of Advanced Integrated Photonics systems e.g. integrated optical couplers, thermal management systems, optical feedback control, optical switching systems
  • Advanced spintronic devices and antiferromagnetic materials for magnetoresistive sensors
  • Magnetic holography
  • All optical switching in magnetic materials
Seagate Mentor & Student Quarterly Meetings Seagate Mentor & Student Quarterly Meetings

Students on Seagate Industry-aligned PhD Projects benefit from a quarterly face-to-face meeting on site at Springtown to discuss the progression of their research and gain support from their industrial mentor.