PhD opportunities in innovation and intellectual property management

The Centre for Technology Management at the IfM invites applications for a PhD position within our innovation and intellectual property management research group.


The group is characterized by a young dynamic staff with strong research collaborations between industry and academia. We take a broad definition of IP and employ a relational perspective focusing on IP as enabler for collaborative and distributed innovation processes (i.e. Open Innovation). We have a primary interest in IP challenges for accelerating the development of emerging (manufacturing) technologies for supporting UK manufacturing. The group applies engineering principles to solve real life managerial problems, for example, through the development of new tools, techniques, approaches and methods.


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PhD studentship in Product safety for perpetual products

Cambridge Service Alliance

The Cambridge Service Alliance (see is seeking to appoint a PhD candidate to a fully funded studentship. the candidate will study the impact of extending product life on product safety in the aerospace industry.


CLOSING DATE - 31 May 2016


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PhD studentship in Manufacturing analytics

Cambridge Service Alliance

The Cambridge Service Alliance (see is seeking to appoint a PhD candidate to a fully funded studentship to conduct research into manufacturing analytics - particularly how big data analytics can be used to extra insights from warranty claims.


CLOSING DATE - 31 May 2016


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Senior Associate Opportunities

IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS)


IfM Education and Consultancy Services is seeking to appoint a high calibre Associate to promote and deliver its consultancy services for industry and government. The opportunity will focus primarily on national sector and technology roadmapping for government and government agencies, together with emerging approaches from the IfM’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy


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4 Year PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering

The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision is a new national training and research centre based in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and the Centre for Precision Engineering at Cranfield University.


We train future leaders of UK manufacturing industry and academe, equipped with enhanced research, analytical, and innovation skills that will enable them to successfully address the full range of ultra precision manufacturing problems of the future.


We aim to produce a new generation of ultra precision research engineers that will deliver future developments in precision manufacturing technology and systems capable of delivering nanometer levels of precision. Research topics will explore materials processing technologies including, focused ion beam machining, reactive atom plasma processing, ultra-fast laser processing, micro-diamond machining, and on-line metrology. In addition to the design, development, and operation of advanced production platforms capable of direct-write nanofabrication, roll-to-roll printing and forming, micro additive and subtractive processing.


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EPSRC PhD Studentship in Infrastructure Asset Management

Applications are invited for an EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Grant in Infrastructure Asset Management to start in October 2016. 


Project outline


Developing overall maintenance plans is extremely challenging for organisations that manage our nation’s infrastructure . How much money to spent on which assets of what type under ever-decreasing budgets is an issue that needs to be addressed. At present, this is done in an unscientific and ad-hoc manner, which means that the users and taxpayers are potentially not getting the best value-for-money from the infrastructure. This PhD project aims to develop a model and tool for optimising the annual maintenance plan for a portfolio of diverse assets (e.g., a county council needs to determine the optimal maintenance plan for their roads, bridges, lights etc) with an aim to deliver maximum value to the stakeholders over a time-horizon.


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Opportunities for research students

Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering

The IfM integrates research and education across the spectrum from production technologies through management to policy, with practical application in industry. We are always keen to hear from outstanding students for our MPhil and three-year PhD Research Degrees. Grants may be available. 


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