PhD Studentship in 'Adaptive Machining'

PhD Studentship – Research Studentship in the College of Engineering and Technology.  

PhD Studentship Graduate Research Studentship in Adaptive Machining.

Qualification type:



Derby, UK

Funding amount:

£15,009-£20,000 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees


Full time


28 February 2020


12 March 2020

Start date:

June intake


The College of Engineering and Technology has an opportunity for a full-time postgraduate research studentship in adaptive machining of AM-produced graded materials and structures.

The full-time traditional route PhD studentship is being funded by the Manufacturing Technology Centre and the University of Derby. The studentship covers tuition fee to the UK home/EU level and provides a tax free stipend, which depending upon skills and experience, is in the range of £15,009 to £20,000 per annum for 3 years. The studentship stipend is available to applicants who are Home/EU nationals.

The PhD research will focus on understanding how finishing processes and, in particular, finish machining can be deployed on AM-produced graded materials and structures. A fully instrumented machine-tool with a spindle mounted rotating dynamometer will be used to measure the cutting forces and supplemented with other sensors as appropriate. This will be the basis to develop the cutting strategies and processes, tooling and workholding methods suited to an adaptive machining protocol. The outcome of the project is to establish a finishing process capability for AM-produced graded materials and structures suited to an adaptive machining protocol.


The intended start date is June 2020, or the next available intake.

The successful applicant will be expected to complete their PhD within three years on the traditional route PhD, contribute to the college REF submission and get involved in the wider research activities of the college.

To apply

For general information on how to apply and required documentation see our Application Guidance.

Completed applications should be submitting via our online application system quoting funding reference E&T_AdaptiveMachining_0120_PGRS

For other enquiries which are subject–specific please contact: Professor Paul Wood (, Director of the IISE).

Closing dates for applications: 28 February 2020

Interviews: 12 March 2020

If you have not been invited for interview by the interview date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.