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PhD Studentship: Design the Next Generation of Electromagnetic Systems for 3D Printing Applications

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 4th August 2020
Closes: 4th November 2020
Reference: ENG1407

Location: UK Other

Applications are invited for a collaborative 3 year PhD studentship with CSIRO Australia and the University of Nottingham to address key challenges in manufacturing engineering. The project will seek an understanding of integrating a compact electromagnetic system into a 3D additive manufacturing system. This will involve the design of novel electromagnetic systems, high-speed heating systems and electromagnetic sensors complemented with advanced material characterisation techniques.

The successful candidate will be based in the George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research (GGIEMR) at the University of Nottingham, UK and also at CSIRO’s Metal Industries Research Program in Melbourne Australia. We are seeking applicants to start on this exciting project in December 2020 or earlier.

The GGIEMR at the University of Nottingham, having state-of-the-art, purpose built facilities, offers a world-class environment for the realisation of high-impact research projects. The Metal Industries Research Program at CSIRO is industry focused and through its ‘Lab 22 Innovation Centre’ offers a range of state-of-the-art metal 3D printing and robotic platforms for the implementation of the electromagnetic approach.  

This project will also involve analytical/numerical modelling of the material during the deposition process with the aim of understanding and predicting the heating process and limitations. Internationally recognised CSIRO specialists in the field of 3D additive manufacturing will be available throughout the project to supervise and provide the PhD student with support and guidance.

This is an exciting PhD project that has a combination of academic and industrial challenges which will enhance the student’s ability to tackle complex intellectual and practical aspects of electric engineering, manufacturing and materials science.

We are seeking talented candidates with:

  • First class degree in electrical/electronic/mechatronics/materials science or related scientific discipline;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop precision electrical devices and sensors;
  • Ability to use finite element modelling to simulate complex electrical systems;
  • Background or knowledge of metallurgical processes and additive manufacturing; 
  • A driven, professional and self-dependent work attitude is essential; and
  • Previous experience of working within industry will be an advantage 

This is an excellent opportunity to work on a novel electromagnetic heating system with strong links to industrial applications and key skills and knowledge in preparation for a high-impact, high-technology research or industrial career. Successful candidate will have the opportunity to spend 18 months at CSIRO during the PhD programme.

Eligibility: All students are eligible. The studentship covers both tuition fees and a tax-free student stipend.

Applications with a CV, a brief statement of research interests, transcript and the names and email addresses of two referees should be sent to Dr. Juliano Katrib, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, Email:, Tel: 01159514104. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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