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Industry Sponsored PhD in Design for Manufacturing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The University of Greenwich wishes to appoint a high-calibre PhD researcher to carry out a collaborative research project sponsored by Edwards Ltd in the area of design for manufacture. The aim of this research is to propose and develop a novel, practical and repeatable process for the design and manufacture of high performance, high value and robust vacuum products in the new cyber-physical manufacturing paradigm. The PhD research will carry out industrial problem and requirements investigation and define common feature types with tolerance analysis methods and machining and standardised inspection processes for Edwards’ vacuum products.

We are looking for candidates to apply with a background in manufacturing engineering, systems, operations, or related disciplines, ideally with good knowledge and skills in Information and Communication Technologies. Candidates should have or expected to achieve an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above). Candidates with Masters degrees or those with practical experience in research or industry are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will benefit from both academic and industrial training, and collaborate with a world-class manufacturing company.

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance): £20,000 - £22,000 per year (Tax-free) for 3 years, starting as soon as possible. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,260, for the duration of their scholarship and travel expenses paid to attend appropriate international conferences and seminars. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £9,240, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Note that the nominated candidate is subject to approval by Edwards Ltd.

For further information please contact the supervisor: Professor James Gao () for an initial discussion (ideally email your CV prior to a discussion).

For additional information about the scholarship please go to:

For the on-line application form please go to:

Please read this information before making an application. No other form of application will be considered.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on Monday 7th January 2019.

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