Early submissions are encouraged for this position.
Stipend: The studentship is for 36 months with an enhanced stipend for the first two years due to the expected level of industry engagement, the position is due to commence in October 2020.
This fully funded 3 year PhD studentship is part of the Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation (GISMO) Project – a £4.4m European Regional Development Fund programme that will benefit SMEs in the Cheshire and Warrington areas. Participating businesses will gain access to research and development expertise and specialist technology to solve industry-driven challenges through innovation in ‘smart’ materials.
There will be a cohort of nine studentships associated with GISMO across a variety of material science related topics linked to the Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University. The studentships will offer extensive topic specific training and will see students work closely across the various fields of material science whilst also providing extensive experiences at working with industry collaborators.
Functionality enabled through a design for additive manufacturing approach: implementation for industrial applications.
The field of additive manufacturing is witnessing significant growth, particularly for applications across many industrial sectors where opportunities for improved design, complex geometries, materials specification and product functionality become important. The potential to improve manufacturing agility, productivity and sustainability offers a significant opportunity, particularly for applications where low-volume, high-value, customised production is a viable commercial consideration.
This PhD will consider the principles of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), working with a range of companies to realise commercial, environmental and productivity benefits. Investigation will focus on the potential, by applying DfAM principles, for improved functionality of components, structures and assemblies that can be fabricated using a range of additive manufacturing technologies (including, but not limited to, material extrusion (FDM/FFF), laser powder bed fusion (e.g. SLM, SLS), etc). Engaging directly with companies, establishing their needs and developing solutions will be an essential part of this research in order to fully appreciate the impact that additive manufacturing can make to existing company approaches to manufacturing and production.
Minimum of a 1st Class BEng (Hons) in Mechanical / Manufacturing / Industrial Design Engneering or similar discipline, ideally with previous experience of engineering design and/or computer-aided engineering and/or additive manufacturing technologies.
To apply for this opportunity please apply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “GISMO: Functionality through DfAM” and include:
- A CV (2 pages maximum)
- Cover letter
- Names and contact details for 2 references
- University grade transcripts
The studentship for UK /EU citizens is fully funded with the first two years at an enhanced stiped rate of £19,750. In the final year of study the stipend will drop to £17,600 due to the reduction in industry engagement at this time of the project.
Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. Ranked in the top 10 in all three major national league tables, we’re also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS world rankings. We have invested over £450m into our campus in the last ten years, including our new Engineering building, the refurbishment of the Library, Physics and Chemistry facilities and a £20m sports centre and facilities, with a further £135m investment planned. Lancaster is the best in the North West for graduate prospects, according to The Good University Guide and one of the top universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction according to The National Student Survey.
For informal enquries applicants should contact Allan Rennie, Lancaster University Engineering Department.