PhD Studentship in Innovative Manufacturing in Food

Loughborough University - Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Applications are sought for a PhD post within the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART),, in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, one of the largest Engineering Schools devoted to this subject area in the UK.

Following the award of a substantial grant, the Centre for SMART is building its research activities in sustainable food manufacturing and requires a PhD student to work on its ‘Grand Challenge’ projects of Eco-Production of Food, Sustainable Food Supply Chains or Distributed Manufacturing of Food.

Project Description: What will food manufacturing look like in 2050? The way we live is changing rapidly, and the way we produce, purchase and consume food is set to look radically different in the coming decades. Research areas of interest include business models, process design, energy resilience, food waste, impacts of urban production, consumer engagement and personalisation of food products. If you have a specific interest related to food manufacturing, please use the contact information below to discuss your idea. The research will map out new opportunities for the production and consumption of food across the whole value chain, and will develop tools and strategies to enable and realise future sustainable businesses in this sector.

Although based within the Centre for SMART at Loughborough, this position will work within an EPSRC National Research Centre in Food Manufacturing, in collaboration with the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham as well as large food manufacturing companies and retailers including AB Sugar, Cargill, Mars, McCain Foods, PepsiCo, Premier Foods, Nestle, Unilever, Marks and Spencer and J Sainsbury. It is expected that the successful applicant will spend some time working within these other organisations during their study.

Applicants must be expecting, or have already obtained a first degree (1st class or high 2:1 honours or equivalent) in manufacturing engineering, business or supply chain management, design engineering, food science and technology or any other relevant field. Good communication skills are essential as well as an interest in environmental business management and sustainable development.

The studentship will start in January 2017, is for three years, and is valued at £14,296 p.a. plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this is only open to applicants eligible for UK/EU fees. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements, details of which are available on the Loughborough University website.

Please apply through the following web page: . Applicants seeking additional information are invited to contact Professor Shahin Rahimifard ( or Dr Elliot Woolley ( to discuss projects in more detail.

Deadline for applications: 31st October 2016. Interviews are planned to take place in the week commencing 7th of November. Please quote the reference SR290716 on all correspondence and especially on the application form.

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