PhD Studentship Resource efficient manufacturing

Ref: EBW010613

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship within the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability ( which is a consortium of four of the leading UK universities in this field. You will be based at Loughborough University in the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART). The Centre for SMART provides synergy for the growing teaching and research activities in sustainable design and manufacture. The remit of the Centre is to develop strategies, methodologies and supporting technologies for the sustainable design, production, use and disposal of products, that meet society’s needs, while safe-guarding the future prosperity of manufacturing businesses.

Your own area of research, which will be developed with your supervisor, will contribute to the advancement of Resource Efficient Manufacturing (REM) through the development of new knowledge, technologies, processes or tools, so as to provide UK manufacturing with cutting edge research that will support them in meeting the sustainable manufacturing challenges of the future. During the three year research program, you will review existing knowledge and leading practice in REM to develop your expertise and direct your line of research, leading to the development of your own novel methodologies, tools or supporting technology. In addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary team within the Centre for SMART, you will also work alongside a world leading manufacturer such as Toyota, General Motors, and Unilever, to ensure your research achieves its maximum impact within the manufacturing industry.  

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The candidates must be expecting, or have already obtained a first degree (1st class or high 2:1 honours or equivalent) in manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, or other relevant subject. Good communication skills are essential and an interest in, and basic understanding of automotive technologies is desirable.

The position is to be filled no later than the 1st October 2013. The three-year studentship is expected to have a stipend of £13,726 per annum tax free (the exact amount depends on fee status and experience) and candidates would not be required to pay any tuition fees. We are considering both international students and EU students.

After the closing date for applications, the most promising candidates will be invited for interview where they will give a short 10 minute presentation (web based or in person) on an interesting project they have previously been involved in, followed by questions.

Please apply through the following web page by clicking the Apply link below.  Applicants seeking additional information are invited to contact James Colwill (e-mail

Please quote the reference EBW010613 on all correspondence and especially on the application form.

The closing date for applications for this post is 15th July 2013.

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