PhD Studentship: Implementation of Cyber Physical Production System Paradigms for Agile Manufacturing

Loughborough University

Start date: 1st December

Interview date: TBC Feb 2017


Primary supervisor: Dr Niels Lohse

Secondary supervisor: TBC

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral training in Embedded Intelligence at Loughborough University offers a unique 4 year full-time programme which enables students to develop their research skills whilst working with industrial partners. Our researchers will be at the forefront of the latest developments in Embedded Intelligence and be supported by over 45 academic members of staff and industry specialists in this field. Research training is also complemented by non-technical subjects e.g. leadership, enterprise and social responsibility. The PhD studentship lasts for 4 years and includes:

  • A fee waiver equivalent to the home/EU rate
  • An enhanced EPSRC tax-free stipend of up to £17,296 p.a. for four years.
  • A personal training budget of £10,000 to support specific training needs.

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Project Detail:

The current manufacturing domain is under enormous demand to have the ability to produce more customised, cheaper and higher quality products. These demands have motivated the introduction of new paradigms such as modularity and re-configurability into the manufacturing domain. The objective of this project is to contribute to the efforts in the development of the next generation of agile manufacturing systems that are dynamically reconfigurable to enable self-organisation and adaptation to production variability with the minimum effort and downtime. These systems are targeted to be based on modular plug-and-produce components with embedded local control algorithms for a more efficient and decentralised intelligence. This project is co-sponsored by the MTC.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering/Manufacturing Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Automation /Applied Mathematics or other relevant discipline. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:  data analysis, simulation and modelling , cyber physical systems, control systems design and integration, embedded systems design.

Applicants must also meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Funding information:

The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £17,296 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, Research Council funding is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement   

*International (non EU) students may apply however they will not be eligible for Research Council funding and the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

Contact details:

Name: Dr. Niels Lohse

Email address:

Telephone number:  +44 (0)1509 227625

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select “CDT Embedded Intelligence Wolfson School”

Please quote reference number: 2017CDTEIWS1

Application deadline: 31st January 2017

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