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PhD Studentship - Virtual Engineering Information Systems for Industry 4.0

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 30th November 2018
Closes: 28th January 2019
Reference: WS18

Start date of studentship: 1st October 2019

Closing date of advert: 28th January 2019

Interview date: TBC


Primary supervisor: Roy S. Kalawsky

Secondary supervisor: TBC


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). 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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Full Project Detail:

The recently published UK Industrial Strategy identified digitalisation as a key priority area that will completely transform the future engineering-manufacturing landscape with Industry-4.0 concepts being crucial enablers to this strategy.

The studentship will focus on researching novel virtual engineering information system concepts for Industry-4.0, including digital twins and big data analytics. These technologies are powerful solutions that will transform industry productivity across the complete lifecycle by optimising products, their manufacturing processes and future supply chains. Other exciting information technologies to be considered include single source of truth and blockchain technologies to provide improved traceability and certification compliance across the lifecycle. Human factors associated with Industry-4.0 digitalisation is another area of particular interest due to developments in new model-based engineering methods and virtualisation.

The successful candidate will be a high quality, highly motivated student for the prestigious Airbus/Loughborough University sponsored PhD in the Advanced VR Research Centre based in the Wolfson School. They will have strong skills in one or more of the following areas (listed in no order of preference): computer science, data/information science, product design, systems engineering, visual analytics, and will work well independently as well as part of a team. There will be freedom and flexibility in shaping the research project within these broad objectives through collaboration with Airbus to understand research context and industry need. The successful candidate will have a superb opportunity to engage with a world-class company and deliver a real-world impact. 

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours or a relevant Master’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, systems engineering, human-computer interaction, product engineering design or a related engineering subject.

Funding information:

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

This studentship is to be funded by Airbus & UKRI. If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate. The UKRI stipend value for 2019/20 has not yet been announced but the value for 2018/19 was £14,777. While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that 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 26th March 2019.

Contact details:

Name: Professor Roy Kalawsky

Email address:

Telephone number: 01509 635678

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Electronic and Electrical Engineering’   

Please quote reference number: WS18

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