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Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration and Advance Data Storage

Seagate Technology EngD

Company: Seagate Technology is the world leader in data storage technology and in their twenty-seventh year of operation at their 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.

Location: After the CDT Training Phase, the research student will be located at Seagate Technology, Springtown, Northern Ireland 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.  

Research: 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 will consist of a series of projects integrated into the R&D team and will involve design, fabrication and development within the wafer fab facility.

Doctoral Programme: EngD with additional £5k p.a. tax-free stipend top up (£20k p.a. total). During the application process, use the title "EPSRC CDT PIADS Seagate EngD - Project [#1-3]“

Supervisory Team: Industrial Supervisor, Primary Academic and Secondary Academic

Below are indicative areas of research for our (x1) 2022 Seagate EngD project. Please only submit one application even if you are interested in pursuing multiple projects. Please indicate which project(s) you are interested in by including project number(s) in project title as above. 
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