The Future Metrology Hub
Fully Funded PhD Opportunities
The EPSRC Future Metrology Hub is a multi-disciplinary research centre with a successful and dynamic team of world leading academics and engineers. We currently have several fully funded PhD opportunities available in partnership with the EPSRC and Renishaw Plc. to develop the next generation of metrology techniques and technologies. These include:
Towards on‐a‐Chip Metrology Systems using state-of-the-art Photonic Integration
This PhD project will investigate routes to the creation of optical metrology systems on-a-chip, where photonic integration will be used to develop a miniaturised broadband interferometry system comprising light sources, detectors and other necessary sub-components, to achieve low-cost miniaturised sensors for the measurement of surface topography, layer thickness and position/displacement. The project will involve optical design and modelling of components both in-air and in-waveguide. A working knowledge of optical metrology techniques will be necessary to feed into the design and development of the integrated photonic device. The evaluation of electrical and optical performance evaluation of all developed photonic sub-components will also be an important activity. This will lead ultimately to complete systems integration, validation and a prototype device. These latter activities will require the development of signal processing and calibration techniques.
Development of a new Paradigm for Smart Geometric Information System
This PhD project is ambitious in developing a smart geometric information platform using Renishaw’s products and applications as starting patterns. The platform will integrate three major components that are: the design, manufacture and verification, the advanced characterisation of geometric data will also be incorporated into the measurement component. Objectives of the project will include: Model customised surface design/manufacture/measurement semantics using categorical based knowledge representation method; Design and develop the structural framework of the integrated information platform, using our centre’s previous version of CatSurf as a reference; integrate methods and algorithms for association, filtration and numerical parameterisation into the measurement component of the platform, Populate the information platform with Renishaw knowledge, test and verify the correctness of the platform.
Development of a Compact Broadband Interferometer
This PhD seeks to develop a broadband optical interferometer for measuring surface roughness, to be deployable on a robot. The research should focus on the following areas: Compactness of design. Sensitivity to vibration. Time to capture height data for a 2d region of a surface. Robustness to different surface geometry and materials. Surface roughness in the range of Ra = 0.5 – 5µm.
Development of a New Generation of Metrology Software
This PhD project is to develop next generation geometry/surface metrology software for the characterisation of new types of freeform and structured surfaces. It will include:
- Create and build a reconfigurable framework for advanced metrology software;
- Generate user-friendly toolboxes to represent and manipulate the surface topography data (including point cloud and mesh data);
- Integrate advanced in-house algorithms (decomposition, association, texture mapping/parameterisation and characterisation) into the metrology software.
This exciting research project is highly industrially relevant and of great scientific interest and therefore will offer the candidate the possibility to establish successful industrial and academic collaborations.
Applicants must hold a UK 1st or 2:1 class degree, MSc with distinction or equivalent qualification in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering or related disciplines. Applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English, and possess excellent presentation and communication skills. Applicants must also meet standard EPSRC eligibility criteria for studentships, full details can be found at https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/
Tax free stipend (Minimum of £14,777) + Tuition Fees fully covered.
Applications close 31st May 2019
For more information or to make an application, please contact Professor Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang
or the Hub Manager at C.T.Young@hud.ac.uk
; Tel: +44 (0)1484 47 3709.