Job offer in england The Duncan Calder PhD Scholarship in Virtual Manufacturing and Operations Management at University of Hertfordshire

University of Hertfordshire

Location: Hatfield

Funding for: UK and EU students

Funding amount: £14,296 annual stipend

The Duncan Calder PhD Scholarship is a 3-year studentship in the area of Virtual Manufacturing and Operations Management and it is funded by a donation in memory of Duncan Calder. The project is expected to start in July 2017.

Description: The project aims to provide Virtual Manufacturing for Organisations, with the ability to analyse the manufacturability of parts and products with the support of the Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies. It will evaluate and validate production processes as well as plant and machinery and will rain both students and managers alike on specific production systems using the Virtual Manufacturing model. There will also be “integration” with CAD systems and there will be software development to support the modelling and simulation of “Virtual” products, processes, and machines that are central to Virtual Manufacturing.

Eligibility and essential requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree at 2:1 level or above in Manufacturing Engineering (or related discipline)
  • Motivation to undertake research and to learn new skills
  • Effective communication skills

Funding: This is a 3-year studentship funded by a donation in memory of Duncan Calder. The project will start in July 2017. The studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees and pay a stipend of £14,296 per year for 3 years.

Training: The student will receive training in the techniques required in executing the research. The University of Hertfordshire has a comprehensive programme of training for postgraduate students to gain transferrable skills including scientific writing and presentation skills.

Supervision: The principal supervisors will be Dr Les Mitchell and Dr Funlade Sunmola of the School of Engineering and Technology.

How to apply: Eligible applicants are asked to submit their application along with supporting documents to:

An application form can be accessed at the following link:;

Applicants need to also submit a copy of their relevant qualifications (we would normally require you to have the minimum of a 2:1 or a First Class in an undergraduate degree or a PASS in a Postgraduate Degree), a copy of their passport and two references outlining their suitability for research degree study (emailed references are acceptable).

Informal enquiries are also welcome and should be addressed to Dr Les Mitchell at

Deadline for applications: The deadline is Friday the 23rd June 2017.

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