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Modular, Low-Cost, Plug-In and Play, Automated Equipment For A Sustainable And Resilient Manufacturing Sector

Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Prof A Rennie Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( at Lancaster University (

A funded PhD linked with Resolve Robotics Ltd Ref. No: LU-028
• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free until June 2023.
• Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees).
• Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation ( within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”.
• This project is based at Lancaster University (, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West.
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

This project will support Resolve Robotic’s efforts to develop an eco-system of low-cost, modular, plug-and-play manufacturing machines which can be rapidly reconfigured into highly automated production lines for a wide range of products. Integral to this eco-system is a software application which allows users to virtually design, build and test production lines. Environmental sustainability, specifically the reduction of CO2 and energy usage, is a key aspect of the project.

Applicants will be required to:
• Research and understand manufacturing processes, explore how emergent technologies such as additive manufacturing could be used as part of an integrated production line.
• Prototype small modular manufacturing machines for fabrication and assembly tasks.
• Develop a graphical user interface to enable the design and testing of a range of processes.
• Explore and demonstrate the use of computer vision, machine learning and A.I.
Applicants should have a first class or upper second class degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or other related discipline.

Essential Criteria :
• Flexible and willing to learn new skills as needed
• Practical experience of prototyping novel electro-mechanical and software systems.
• Proficient with the use of 3D CAD Software (preferably SolidWorks)
• Strong mathematical background
• Ability to write clean and maintainable code in a variety of languages
• Ability to document and record

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This PhD is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University (supervision by Professor Allan Rennie of The Engineering Faculty) and Resolve Robotics Ltd.

Resolve Robotics is a technology development company based in West Cumbria which primarily caters to the local nuclear industry. They deliver start-to-end full system design, development, testing and calibration of complex integrated electro-mechanical and software systems. Their core business is technology development or ‘Innovation as a Service’, working with clients as an outsourced R&D team or developing new products and services for end users.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.
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