Industrial Photonics Vacancies

4 Year PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering


Ultra precisionThe EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering is currently recruiting postgraduate students interested in developing the next generation of ultra precision devices, advanced manufacturing technologies, and ultra high precision manufacturing systems.


The aim of the programme is to train students in advanced ultra high precision techniques and processes, including: high energy laser micro/nano processing; focused ion beam machining; reactive atom plasma processing; nanofabrication; graphene engineering; printed electronics machine design; and advanced metrology systems.


The programme is structured in two phases: a one-year taught MRes course in Cambridge and Cranfield University; followed by a three-year PhD research programme at Cranfield, Cambridge or another UK university through the National Centre Programme in Ultra Precision.


Upon successful completion of the MRes, the students progress to their PhD from a vast range of topics including: manufacturing engineering; laser processes; photonics; materials science; control systems; and machine design. During their PhD many students will be offered the opportunity to work alongside industrial partners allowing them to gain valuable business experience whilst receiving an additional maintenance top-up, bringing their stipend up to a possible £20,000pa tax free.


Many industrial sectors require a high level of precision, such as aerospace, medical devices, automotive, energy, security and defence. Students completing the MRes and PhD will be central players in the ultra high precision wealth creation economy.

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


Full EPSRC funding (currently £14,553 student maintenance per year + fees), with additional payments from industrial sponsors taking the tax free stipend up to £20,000pa during the PhD phase is available for UK students and EU students who have settled status in the UK and been resident in the UK full-time for 3 years prior to October 2018. General student eligibility information is available from the EPSRC.


Overseas / Non-EU applicants are not eligible to apply for funding from the CDT in Ultra Precision, but are encouraged to apply if they are self-funding or applying for scholarships.


Applications for this programme should be made on the standard graduate admissions form, stating course code EGEGR7 (MRes in Ultra Precision Engineering).


For more information please contact the course office:


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