PhD Studentship, Design Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Management

Birmingham, United Kingdom
29 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Engineering and Applied Science - Studentships

Location:      Aston University Main Campus
Basis:      Full Time
Closing Date:      23.59 hours BST on Monday 15 April 2019

Applications are invited for this exciting research project Design Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Management. The successful applicants will join an established experimental group working on Design for Manufacturing and have the opportunities to attend international conferences, to be co-advised by the faculties from the University of Cambridge, the University of Sheffield and Tsinghua University, and to visit and interview senior executives from global advanced manufacturing industries.

After graduation, the applicants may not only have the experience of publishing research papers in international journals to pursue an academic career, but also acquire leading edge of knowledge and practical skills to obtain offers from global leading companies.

The Successful applicant will be given a three year PhD studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Mechanical Engineering & Design Academic Group at Aston University. 

The position is available to start in July 2019 (Subject to negotiation)

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 in 2018/19.

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2018/19. 

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

This project aims to investigate a decision-making mechanism that is integrated in the product design process to identify the most appropriate manufacturing method for product design and development. This mechanism will seamlessly be integrated into the design process to not only assist the product designer to select a suitable manufacturing process, but also provide guidance to improve the produced design in a later design stage to achieve economic and sustainable manufacturing.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification from Design, Engineering, Manufacturing or Management subject. Preference may be given to the applicant who owns cross-disciplinary degrees or has research experience in the above areas. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of Design for Manufacture, Decision-Making, Production Process, Product Design and Development, Business Management, and basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods.  

For informal enquiries about this PhD project and other research opportunities, please contact Dr W. Liu by email:

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

Applications must also be accompanied by a Research Proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section here

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via