PhD studentship – Complex Supply Network Dynamics

Application deadline: 30th December 2013
Supervisor: Dr. Alexandra Brintrup
Duration of award: 3 years
Award type: PhD

Funded by Procter and Gamble, Cranfield University offers a studentship of up to £15,000 p.a., available for 3 years, UK/EU fees included*

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the area of complex supply network modeling. The project aims to use network theoretic analysis to model the dynamics of automotive supply networks and allow cost and resilience optimization taking into account commercial, technical and logistics implications.

Supply network research has long assumed linear models yet empirical findings suggest that these networks behave as complex networks at large-scales, and contain non-linear pathways. In this research project, analytical modeling, graph theory, multi-agent based simulation, statistical analysis, and supply chain management theory will be employed to improve the cost and resilience of non-linear supply networks. The student will be based both at Cranfield University and P&G, and will work closely with industry partners in Europe, China and in the US. The student will also work with other researchers in the Decision Engineering Centre at the Manufacturing Department on analytical aspects of the problem.

Manufacturing at Cranfield University is unique in its multi-disciplinary approach that brings together expertise in the areas of design, technology and management. We link fundamental research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of manufacturing research. Our world-class research facilities are near industry scale and are available for exploring novel technologies and processes. Cranfield is third in the UK for the impact of its mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing research.

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Entry Requirements

A good first degree in either engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics is required. Demonstration of programming skills and previous experience in Complex Network Analysis is desirable.


The studentship covers university tuition fees (UK/EU) and provides a tax-free bursary of up to £15,000 per year, for a 3 year duration. Due to funding restrictions this studentship will cover the tuition fees for qualified UK/EU students only.  Non UK/EU students are required to pay Cranfield University Tuition Fees. For more information visit

How to apply
A completed application form, a Curriculum Vitae, a personal statement, and the names and addresses of two referees should be sent to Dr. Alexandra Brintrup, Email: Tel: +44 (0) 1234 750111.

To discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr. Alexandra Brintrup:  

School of Applied Sciences
T: +44 (0)1234 754086

The application deadline is the 30th December 2013.

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