Industrial Photonics Vacancies

4 Year PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering


Ultra precision

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering is recruiting postgraduate students for a 1 year MRes leading to a 3 year PhD.


Many industrial sectors require a high level of precision, such as aerospace, medical, automotive, energy, communications, security and defence. Students completing the course will be central players in the ultra high precision manufacturing economy.


The centre focuses on the creation of next generation ultra precision devices, materials and advanced manufacturing systems and technologies. These underpin developments in commercial and scientific areas as diverse as rapid manufacturing, nanoscience, graphene / CNT devices, precision laser manufacturing and MEMS.


The programme trains students in advanced ultra high precision techniques and processes, including: high energy laser micro/ nano processing, ion beam machining, reactive atom plasma processing, nanofabrication, graphene engineering, printed electronics machine design, and advanced metrology systems. This is achieved by having a first year MRes course consisting of 6 months of taught courses ranging from technology to entrepreneurship and laboratory exercises giving hands on experience of the technologies; the primary assessment criteria being course work. The remaining period focuses on commercial visits, and group / individual projects.


Following successful completion of the MRes students progress to the PhD stage. This covers a vast range of topics that has included: optical sensor development, laser based graphene processing, high speed/ precision rapid manufacturing, CNT field emitter design, in process laser control systems, ultra precision machine design (laser, roll to roll, milling), novel manufacturing processes and ultra high speed holographic imaging techniques. Typically these projects are industrially sponsored with students working closely with commercial partners.


The first year of the MRes course is based in Cambridge, with additional course content provided at Cranfield University and the National Physical Laboratory. The three year PhD research programme is typically based at Cambridge or Cranfield, but can be another UK university through the National Centre Programme.


Requirements: We welcome applicants from any field of science or engineering who have obtained a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Applicants should possess an innovative approach to problem solving, well-developed technical skills and have the potential to become world leaders in the field of ultra precision manufacturing.


Funding: Full EPSRC stipend, currently £14,057 student maintenance per year + fees; payments from industrial sponsors may give a tax free stipend up to £20,000 p.a. during the PhD phase. Funding is available for UK students and EU students (who have settled status in the UK and have been resident in the UK full-time for 3 years prior to October 2016). General student eligibility information is available from the EPSRC. Overseas / Non-EU applicants are not eligible to apply for funding.


The deadline for completed applications is 30th June 2016 although applications are taken at any time. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as places are limited and the application process is highly competitive.  Please see for more details.


Please send your CV for consideration to, and if we recommend you apply this can be done directly with Graduate Admissions.

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