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EPSRC iCASE PhD Studentship in Circular Economy and Design Engineering

Imperial College London - Dyson School of Design Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,777 tax free stipend p.a. plus a performance and experience based increment
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th January 2019
Closes: 30th July 2019

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Circular Economy and Design Engineering leading to the award of a PhD degree and starting in October 2019.

* Aims: Ecommerce and the expansion of emerging markets are increasing the rate of consumption of fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) resulting in increased waste, global environmental concerns and an acceleration in the use of finite natural resources. In parallel, consumers are increasingly aware of products’ environmental and social credentials and are willing to change their brands to those committed to lowering their environmental impact. Manufacturers are responding by reducing energy demand in production, but most tangibly by closing resource loops and introducing alternatives to petrochemical derived polymers. The aims of the project are to investigate the flow of material resources in current supply chains focusing on systems, stakeholders and technology; and propose new circular models for the supply chains of mass FMCGs.

* Funding: The post is supported by an industrial Cooperative Award in Science & Technology (i-CASE) studentship covering stipend and fees for 4 years (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by Procter & Gamble and the EPSRC.

To be eligible for funding, you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years. More information on eligibility here:

* Research environment: The award will provide the selected PhD student with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College and Procter & Gamble.

You will work within a passionate and dynamic team of researchers and innovators, in the newly refurbished facilities of the Dyson School of Design Engineering ( The School was formed in 2014, building on the long-standing design and engineering expertise at Imperial as well as the world-renowned Innovation Design Engineering programme run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art.

The award also provides access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone as the student is expected to take placements at Procter & Gamble premises. The student will have an academic and an industrial supervisor, and an opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills and significantly enhance their future employability.

* Entry requirements: We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. Applicants should have at least a good upper second class (2:1) UK honours degree (or equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK) and preferably a Master’s degree in Design, Manufacturing, Engineering, Management and Psychology or a related subject. Interest and expertise in Circular Economy, Industrial Ecology, Closed Loop Systems, Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Manufacturing will be valued. Candidates with industrial experience are encouraged to apply. In addition, good team-working and communication skills are essential.

* Contact: Informal inquiries should be sent to Dr. Marco Aurisicchio:, along with a CV. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a formal PhD application via the College’s online admissions system.

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