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PhD Studentship: Optical sensors for high precision machining (Ref: PK260315)

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    Dr P Kinnell
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University

A PhD studentship is available for a high calibre candidate to join a research team investigating on a novel type of optical sensor. The intended sensor will be used in on a newly developed ultra-high precision electro-chemical machining system. The project will involve the creation of special interferometric sensor that is operated within a small liquid jet, to provide on-machine measurements of material removal rates during processing. The PhD project aims to characterise and understand how environmental and machine factors degrade sensor performance, and how the sensor may be designed to minimise or compensate for these factors. The work will initially focus on bench-top evaluation of the new technology, and then move to an investigation of performance on a real machine.

The candidate will be based at Loughborough University’s Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, and will have access to dedicated state-of-the-art metrology and optical development labs.

We would prefer the successful applicant to start in July or October 2015. Early application is advised because the studentship will be awarded as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

The value of the studentship offered is £17,859 per year, which for UK/EU researchers covers both a tax-free stipend of £13,863 per year and fees of £3,996 per year. For International (i.e., non-EU) researchers the studentship would cover fees, currently at £17,300 per year.

Candidates must be expecting, or have already obtained a first degree (1st class or high 2:1 honours or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or other relevant subject.

Please apply through the following web page:

Applicants seeking additional information are invited to contact Dr Peter Kinnell (e-mail [email protected]).

Please quote the reference PK260315 on all correspondence and on the application form.

Recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.
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