About the Role
PhD Vacancy

Applications are invited from suitably qualified UK candidates for a PhD scholarship (3 years full-time, plus 12 months writing up) for the research program of the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub of the University of Huddersfield in conjunction with the National Physical Laboratory. The student will carry out his/her research in the Future Metrology Hub of the University of Huddersfield (UoH).

Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, enables the construction of novel, personalised structures not possible with traditional fabrication methods. Additive manufacturing in medical applications is expanding rapidly and is expected to revolutionise healthcare. A major barrier to the adoption of additively manufactured products, particularly for critical applications, is the quality control and verification of parts through applied metrology. Metrology is essential to ensure that products have correct geometries in all scales to achieve their desired function. Traditional tactile and optical metrology techniques are limited by line-of-sight and do not accommodate the design freedom afforded by additive manufacturing. This project will investigate the use of X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) as a non-destructive metrology tool to measure multiscale geometries of a range of healthcare products, including personalised implants, prosthetics and pharmaceuticals, with the aim to develop bespoke characterisation methods.

3 years full time research PhD studentship covers tuition fees and a tax free bursary (stipend) starting at £15,245 for 2020/21 and increasing in line with the EPSRC guidelines for the subsequent years.
About You

General requirements:

  • UK applicants only
  • First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent
  • Engineering, materials science or biological science background
  • General knowledge of additive manufacturing and XCT would be advantageous

Application closes on 16th September, with a start date of 11th January 2021.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to david.gorman@npl.co.uk and wenjuan.sun@npl.co.uk. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date CV. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the panel consisting the Main Supervisor and members of the EPSRC Steering Committee of The University of Huddersfield. The successful applicant will be expected to formally apply for admission through the University’s Admissions Office.

For further information and to submit an applications click here.

About The Company

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We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.