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Transdisciplinary Engineering Design Processes


   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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  Dr L Thomas-Seale  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Engineering underpins the design of all products, processes and systems. Design processes, which ultimately govern decisions made during the design and manufacturing process, in turn have huge social, economic and environment global impacts. Concurrent design has been the paradigm of optimum-efficiency in engineering for the last 20 years. It encompasses everything from supply chain, technical requirements, and manufacturing, through to recycling and disposal. Yet, the integration of comprehensive design requirements into the engineering design process remains inefficient.

Transdisciplinary design is an emerging research discipline; it refers to the integration of other disciplines into traditional design engineering. The aim of this postgraduate research is to assess the full depth and breadth of the global social, economic and/or environmental impacts of engineering product design. A case study approach will be utilised, through which there is flexibility in the chosen application. This research will investigate how product or processes requirements, as a boarder concept, can be integrated into the engineering design process. Dr Thomas-Seale’s research group focusses on developing advanced design processes and innovation in biomedical engineering. Dr Thomas-Seale’s research group is within the School of Engineering which is host to an impressive diversity of research groups, including future power, railways, manufacturing and biomedical and micro-engineering.

The candidate will require an agility of mind, to navigate across disciplines including social and engineering science. Broad knowledge of design engineering and/or relevant and translatable technical knowledge, combined with a flexible computational and/or an adaptable skill base will be considered extremely beneficial for this position. The Thomas-Seale research group has established projects and collaborations with industrial and clinical partners and this project would be looking to develop a design technique with future industrial and/or clinical translation in mind. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are fundamental to this position.

The School of Engineering holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award. Dr Lauren Thomas-Seale is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead for the School, and she is committed to equitable recruitment. Reasonable requests for a scholarship or working arrangements to accommodate personal circumstances, for example, part-time or flexible working, will be considered. If you would like to discuss this prior to application, please contact Dr Thomas-Seale directly.

Interested applicants should email a CV to Dr Lauren Thomas-Seale: [Email Address Removed]

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/mechanical/thomas-seale-lauren.aspx


Funding Notes

For excellent UK/EU applicants with 1st class (or equivalent) in their first degree, there is potential for funding covering 3.5 year tuition fee and stipend. Other funding opportunities can be searched for in the Postgraduate scholarship and funding database:
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/index.aspx
The School of Engineering, funded PhD Scholarship is competitive. Prospective students should hold a First Class Honours degree in an engineering discipline subject. An academic background computer science may be considered, subject to other associated experience, please contact Dr Thomas-Seale to discuss this further.

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