January 4, 2017

Funded Ph.D Position Opportunity

Research Funded Title 'Understanding the Materials Behaviour and to develop Metrology Methods for Metal Components produced by Additively Manufactured Process’
Faculty Details
School of Engineering Department of Engineering Technology
Supervisor (s) Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra & Dr. Jim Lawlor

  Standard duties and responsibilities of the scholarship

  • Undertake a programme of research leading to the successful attainment of a PhD.
  • Attend generic skills training provided by WIT and other training courses as required.
  • Attend and present at agreed conferences, seminars and other relevant sessions.
  • Deliver agreed papers in conjunction with the supervisory team.
  • Provide project updates as required by WIT and funding organisation.
  • Assist SEAM in associated industrial project activities in conjunction with supervisory team.
 Contact eMail Address
 Open Date  20th December 2016
 Close Date  11th January 2017
 Research Group  SEAM
 Duration  4 Years with proposed start date of January 2017
 Status: Full-time / part-time  Full-time
Funding information  Funding agency: Irish Manufacturing Research Centre
Value of the scholarship (per annum)  Stipend: €15,000 per annum Fees: €4,500 per annum Research costs: €10,500 per annum
 Teaching requirement (if any)  No
 Commencement date  January 2017
Post Summary:
  • Applications are invited for PhD Studentship (4 Years) to work in the area of metal Additive Manufacturing (AM).

About the project:

  • Despite recent progress in AM Material development and characterization, challenges remain, including the limited selection of materials, inconsistent production quality and high costs. In addition, products resulting from state-of-theart AM systems are most likely to suffer from anisotropic mechanical properties due to interlayer bonding deficiencies. As a result, only a fraction of the materials that are used in conventional manufacturing are compatible with AM. More intensive materials research and metrology method development is the need of the hour in order to increase the uptake of Metal AM by industries. The key objective of the project will be to ‘Understand the Materials behaviour and to develop Metrology Methods for components produced by Additively Manufactured Process’. The project will involve considerable experimentation, use of varying analytical techniques for characterisation and some modelling for predicting the material behaviour.

Person Specification


  • Essential
    • Applicants should hold or expect to attain, as a minimum, a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, in Materialas/Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Essential
    • Some knowledge on additive manufacturing processes and analytical characterisation techniques.
  • Desirable
    • Some knowledge on metrology techniques

Skills and Competencies

  • Essential
    • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English. Please see WIT's English Language Requirements for details.
    • Good IT skills with some evidence of exposure in the use of CAD software packages.
    • Ability to use/learn equipment control software and data analysis software.