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Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration and Advance Data Storage

Seagate Technology PhD

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 either at Queens University Belfast, or the University of Glasgow. The student will continue to be involved in cohort activities and will occasionally travel to Seagate Derry, for quarterly meetings, and to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) partner Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) in Cork, for ongoing training and annual conference/winter schools.  

Research: 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.

Doctoral Programme: PhD - During the application process, use the title "EPSRC CDT PIADS Seagate PhD - Project [#1-7]

Supervisory Team: Primary Academic and Secondary Academic

Below are indicative Seagate projects. 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. 
    Experimental/Test/Characterisation Projects:
    Predominently Theoretical Projects:

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