PhD Studentship – Information-rich metrology - Developing the next-generation of optical instruments

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing group

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates for a fully funded PhD studentship within the Manufacturing Metrology Group. The Faculty is ranked in the top 5 out of 85 engineering departments in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), with most of its research output classified as world leading or internationally excellent in quality. This studentship is an excellent opportunity to become involved at the forefront of research in a rapidly developing area.

The PhD Challenge

The project involves the development of new optical 3D measurement systems for high-precision coordinate metrology from first principles. A significant amount of mathematical work is required to design the optical systems and fully understand the response of optical probes and, therefore, develop calibration and error correction methods. This includes optical component modelling, and analytical and numerical solutions of Maxwell’s equations. The novelty of the project lies with the combination of instrument modelling with a priori manufacturing data to significantly increase the bandwidth of the measurement.

The student will join the team of a larger project to develop new methods of measurement to be used, in many cases in-line, in advanced manufacturing. Several research fellows and students will form the projects team and there is scope to apply both experimental and theoretical skills, depending on the student’s first degree topics.

The Studentship

The student must have a high-grade qualification; at least the equivalent of a UK 1st or 2.1 class degree in an engineering (mechanical/materials), science (physics) or a related discipline. The student must be proficient in both written and spoken English, and possess excellent presentation and communication skills.

The PhD studentship will cover full university tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate of £14,057 for the 2015-16 academic year, for the duration of the project for UK/EU students (student’s obtaining a 1st class degree may be able to apply for an enhanced stipend). The studentship is expected to start 1st October 2016, but more studentships are available after this.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Richard Leach, tel: 07467 085 482 or email:

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