PhD Studentship - Development of Manufacturing Systems Using Advanced Sensing

Loughborough University

Start date: 1st October 2018

Closing date: 9th March 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr. Laura Justham

Secondary supervisor: Dr Mey Goh

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

One potentially major disruptive technology for construction equipment manufacturers is “smart vehicles” where the vehicles become the decision makers. This removes the need for personnel to be present in dangerous and unpleasant environments and to enhance productivity.

Presently, the steps to reach fully autonomous vehicles are uncertain, as too are how they would become deployable and mainstream within the sector. The aim of this project is to develop a concept of an advanced adaptive system that could provide real-time feedback to key stakeholders. This includes a formalised technology development process and a systems design for future vehicles.

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Find out more about the supervisors, research Centre and school at the following websites (listed in order with respect to the information above):

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience also will be an advantage, as will experience of high value manufacturing, systems engineering and an interest in design, modelling and systems deployment.

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Dr. Laura Justham

Email address:

Telephone number: 01509227553

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS24

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