Funded PhD Opportunity Development of novel materials and techniques for additive manufacturing

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Subject: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials


Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (including international fees if applicable) tenable in the Faculty of Computing and Engineering at Ulster University based at the Jordanstown campus. This project will develop new, advanced engineering materials and techniques for Additive Manufacturing. The work will require the application of techniques to tailor the properties of the end product and will include melt compounding of materials, forming into parts, post-forming processes and characterisation of material at each stage. The student will develop and test these materials using state-of-the-art facilities in the Engineering Composites Research Centre at the Jordanstown Campus and also in NIACE, The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre. The project is part of the €8.7 million North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NWCAM) project funded under the EU INTERREG VA 1.1 Programme. In this project Ulster University; University of Glasgow; Institute of Technology Sligo and Letterkenny Institute of Technology are  working alongside eight industry partners to deliver 15 innovative research projects, including this project. The successful candidate will work closely with our industry partners and gain valuable industrial experience as well as a rigorous academic training. There are numerous opportunities for the successful candidate to develop a wide range of complementary skills through our training programmes in areas ranging from entrepreneurship to career planning.

Studentship Details and Entrance Requirements

The studentship comprises of full fees (this includes international fees if appropriate) and an annual stipend of £14,777. Studentships will be awarded on a full-time basis for a three-year period, subject to satisfactory progress being made towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Applications will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate’s qualifications, experience, and interests. Candidates should hold, or expect to hold, a first class or upper second class honours degree (as a minimum) in a relevant Engineering or Materials Science discipline. The admission process and programme of study will proceed according to Ulster University regulations and requirements.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed equivalent via UK NARIC)


This project is supported by the European Union's INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

NWCAM Project Cost Code 70185R

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Friday 7 September 2018
Interview Date
14 September 2018

Contact Supervisor

Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones

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