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PhD Studentship: Design and Manufacture of Added-Value Functional Surfaces Using Laser Technologies

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,009 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th August 2019
Closes: 30th September 2019
Reference: MPWS2019

Application details:

Reference number: MPWS2019
Start date of studentship: 01 January 2020
Closing date of advert:  30 September 2019
Interview date: TBC


Primary supervisor: Dr Manuela Pacella
Secondary supervisor: Dr Andy Wilson

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 Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Full Project Detail:

Laser surface texturing is a fast-growing technique across all industrial sectors to functionalize materials properties and improve products lifetime. Because of the multiple field of applicability for this technology, no single solution is remotely feasible. Most studies have focused on a top-down approach, where laser texturing parameters are trialled, and the resulting surfaces analysed to assess their properties. This approach fails to respond to the fast-evolving technology adoption needs. Through the identification of a set of design rules based on the underpinning mechanisms for laser functionalization, this project will enhance operational capability by novel processing techniques of substrates. Direct exposure to industry relevant projects, both internally within TWI but also EU-funded research projects. The student will be supervised by at least one staff member from TWI with experience of doctoral programmes, plus supervision from Loughborough University. Regular progress meetings held either at TWI or Loughborough University will ensure the student is guided adequately through the PhD and has the resources required for success.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering, Material Science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Optics and lasers, Advanced Processes and Technologies, Surface chemistry

Funding information:

Funded in partnership by the Wolfson School and TWI Global, if awarded, this studentship provides a 3-year tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). 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.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Manuela Pacella
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 564800

How to apply:

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

Please quote reference: MPWS2019

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