The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering is currently recruiting motivated postgraduate students interested in designing and advancing the ultra-precision manufacturing technologies on strong footings of materials science/surface engineering/nanotechnology.
The aim of this programme is to develop employable skills required in the modern manufacturing or nanotechnology landscape. This is including ultra-high precision manufacturing, in-process metrology, optomechanical engineering, precision laser processing; focused ion beam processing, surface engineering, advanced functional coatings and hybrid micromachining technologies using cutting edge simulations and experiments.
The 4-year long programme is structured in two phases; offering one-year taught programmes co-organised with University of Cambridge and National Physical laboratory via class room lectures and hand-on trainings on state-of-the-art equipment’s followed by three years of intense independent research.
The first year comprises of taught modules, laboratory modules, and a research project. Taught module is focused on developing scientific, engineering and transferable skills. Presentation skills, writing skills, entrepreneurial talks and conference organising are complementary activities that enhance the academic experience. As part of this programme, the conference visit to selected International destinations are complimentarily provided free of charge to the home students.
Previous graduates have developed skills in the areas of manufacturing engineering; laser processes; materials science; atomic simulations and finite element analysis of complex manufacturing processes; and machine design. During their PhD many students will be offered the opportunity to work alongside industrial partners allowing them to gain valuable industrial experience whilst receiving an additional maintenance top-up, bringing their stipend up to a possible tax free yearly stipend of £19,000 pa.