PhD Scholarship - Collaborative Robots in Aerospace Manufacturing with BAE Systems (Bursary: £19-22k pa for 3.5 years)

Faculty of Engineering and Science, Medway Campus

University of Greenwich

(Ref: PGR-ES-02-18)

The University of Greenwich wishes to appoint a high-calibre PhD researcher to join an on-going collaborative research and innovation project funded by the European Commission entitled ‘improving the design of flexible and responsive manufacturing systems involving autonomous and collaborative robots’. The PhD student is co-sponsored by BAE Systems, and aims to improve the performance and operation of high value complex manufacturing systems, using collaborative robots and advanced ICT technologies. We are looking for candidates to apply with a background in manufacturing engineering, systems (involving robots), operations, or related disciplines, ideally with good knowledge and skills in Information and Communication Technologies. Candidates should have or expected to achieve an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above). Candidates with Masters degrees or those with practical experience in research or industry are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will benefit from both academic and industrial training, and collaborate with several companies and Universities in the large-scale project.

Bursary available (subject to satisfactory performance): £19,000 - £22,000 per year (Tax-free) for 3.5 years, starting as soon as possible. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,195, for the duration of their scholarship and travel expenses paid to attend appropriate international conferences and seminars. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £8,305, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase. Note that the nominated candidate is subject to approval by BAE Systems.

Funding information

Funding applies to:
EU applicants (including UK)

Contacts and how to apply

Academic contact:

For further information please contact the supervisor: Professor James Gao ( for an initial discussion (ideally email your CV prior to a discussion).

Administrative contact and how to apply:

For additional information about the scholarship and links to the application form please go to: Please read this information before making an application. No other form of application will be considered. The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on: 2nd September 2018. The scholarship is expected to commence in September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application deadline:

2 September 2018