PhD Scholarship: Knowledge Management in Manufacturing System Maintenance Involving Robots with BAE Systems

University of Greenwich - Faculty of Engineering and Science


The University of Greenwich wishes to appoint a high-calibre PhD researcher to join an on-going collaborative research and innovation project funded in the European Commission, entitled ‘improving the design of flexible and responsive manufacturing systems involving autonomous and collaborative robots (CoRoT)’. The PhD student is co-sponsored by BAE Systems (Rochester, UK), and will focus on improving the maintenance of high value complex manufacturing systems involving robots, to ensure their operations meet requirements in terms of product quality, timescales, efficient operations and costs. Currently, data analysis and problem solving still rely on experts’ knowledge and experience, which provides opportunity for using knowledge management methods and technologies to further improve manufacturing operations.

We are looking for candidates to apply with a background in manufacturing engineering, systems (involving robots), operations, or related disciplines, ideally with good knowledge and skills in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Candidates should have or expected to achieve an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above). Candidates with Masters degrees or those with practical experience in research or industry are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will benefit from both academic and industrial training, have the opportunity to choose within scope study topics and gain a real working experience in a world leading manufacturing centre at BAE Systems, and collaborate with several other companies and Universities in the large-scale project.

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance): £19,000 - £22,000 per year (Tax-free) for 3 years, starting as soon as possible. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,195, for the duration of their scholarship and travel expenses paid to attend appropriate international conferences and seminars. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £8,305, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Note that the nominated candidate is subject to approval by BAE Systems.

For further information please contact the supervisor: Professor James Gao ( for an initial discussion (ideally email your CV prior to a discussion).

For additional information about the scholarship and links to the application form please go to:  Please read this information before making an application. No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information.  Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on: 01 March 2018

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