PhD Studentship Nano-functionalised Optical Sensors

EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing will be led from the University of Nottingham from July 1, 2012, with Loughborough University as a partner. The aim of this EPSRC Centre is to work at the forefront of Additive Manufacturing and Three Dimensional (3D) Printing research with a focus on next-generation, multi-material and multifunctional Additive Manufacturing systems for the production of end-use functionalised 3D structures and components.

As part of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing, a full-time funded PhD studentship is available at the University of Nottingham’s main University Park Campus. The University of Nottingham is nationally and internationally renowned as a leading research intensive Institution that ranks highly in the latest international league tables for both teaching and research excellence. This, combined with our overseas campuses in China and Malaysia, makes the University of Nottingham a truly global and world-class institution.

Stemming from the world’s leading research group in the field that has recently transferred to the University of Nottingham, the research to be undertaken within the EPSRC Centre will focus on the investigation of new processes and design systems to support the manufacture of end-use, multifunctional products via 3D Printing. The major research theme of the EPSRC Centre is therefore to concentrate on enabling greater potential value and application by integrating additional engineering or systems functionality within a single component. The research is also aimed at exploiting the unrivalled design freedoms associated with 3D Printing to enable next generation products demanded by key industrial partners.

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This studentship aims to produce lab-on-a-chip and other sensor systems, such as microfluidic or Fabry-Perot sensors based on the Stereolithography (SLA) principle and further enhance these structures with optical trapping techniques to add functionality, e.g. create a biochemical assay. The studentship will concentrate on the use of holographic optical tweezers for the nano-positioning of nano-beads and incorporation into macro-structures produced via SLA.

The studentship is due to start 1 October 2012, cover tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend for the three-year duration of the project starting at £13,590 pa. and increasing with an annual increment. An additional £2000 a year may be awarded for students with a 1st class degree/ MSc Distinction from a UK Russell Group University or equivalent. This studentship provides tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only. Students must have a first or upper second class academic qualification in Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering or other relevant engineering discipline. A Masters degree in a similar discipline and/or experience in the following will be an advantage: Sensors, Additive Manufacturing, Optics.

Please direct informal enquiries to the EPSRC Centre Director, Prof Richard Hague, via the EPSRC Centre Coordinator (Martin Baumers) by e-mail to or phone +44 (0)115 9513877.

Application forms and notes of guidance can be obtained online, by clicking the ‘Apply’ button below. Please select the Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing.

Please quote ref. ENG/601.

This studentship will remain open until filled.

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