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Additive Manufacturing for Revolutionary Mechanical Performance (SAM05)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project detail

This project will push the boundaries of the material extrusion additive manufacturing process to the next level by developing structures with better mechanical properties than ever achieved before. We have developed world-leading capabilities to design, control, and characterise the additive manufacturing process – these capabilities will allow you to undertake research that is not possible in any other research group in the world.

Candidates with a wide range of interests are encouraged to apply since the project can be tailored towards experimental and/or computational research depending on the candidate’s strengths. Principally, the aim of research will be to develop new methods to understand mechanical performance and design new 3D-printable structures for high-value mechanical applications such as biomedical bone-fixation plates or lightweight aerospace components.

You will join a team of passionate and successful researchers with a culture of honest and extremely thorough research and have excellent support from peers and PhD supervisors. And this is all done in an efficient way to ensure you also have time to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities Loughborough University offers beyond academic research.

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Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, design, computer science or another appropriate subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: computer simulation; 3D-printing; interest in programming; biomaterials; mechanical characterisation of materials.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Please quote reference number: SAM05

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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