PhD Studentship Sponsored by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Closing Date
Friday, 31st August 2018

Based at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing

University of Nottingham 

This four-year PhD studentship, is part of the Enabling Next Generation Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) project in the University of Nottingham. Initially focussing on novel electronic and pharmaceutical/healthcare applications, the research team aims to move beyond single material AM by exploiting the potential to deposit multiple materials contemporaneously for the delivery of spatially resolved function and structure in three dimensions (3D). For further information, please visit

The successful candidate will also be part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing, which will equip them with the broad experience and specific knowledge to be part of this manufacturing revolution. For further information please visit:


The project will investigate strategies for the controlled deposition and performance of functional fillers in polymeric matrices, including conducting fillers, magnetics, ferroelectrics and multiferroics by additive manufacturing techniques.The concept is the manufacture of tailored and profiled Electromagnetic (EM) artefacts by the advanced manufacture structured ‘artificial dielectrics’ and magnetic materials.Additive manufacturing techniques are desired since resolution, potentially down to nanoscale, is necessary for applying these concepts across the microwave spectrum. More specifically the aim is to demonstrate additively manufactured solid structures with specified effective complex permittivity and permeability as a function of (x, y, z) position, where the loss of the structure can be varied from effectively zero up to levels that are of practical interest for RF & Microwave applications. The wavelength of the radiation means that the printing of structured ‘artificial dielectrics’ (i.e. regular composite metamaterials with a structure scale much smaller than a wavelength) will be the focus of the research. There are broad opportunities for the fabrication of dielectric and magnetic materials and the project should be undertaken with a wide range of applications in mind. This research will allow the evaluation of additive manufacturing technology under especially challenging conditions, for example the requirement to print two or more materials with high resolution on a single printer. If the project is successful, the technology will be suitable for other less-exacting applications, and the practical experience gained will aid developments across a much wider field of defence research.

It is likely that this work will contribute to an International Collaboration involving the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada; this will be through Dstl as the sponsoring organisation.

The successful candidate will:

  • Receive the training needed for a professional career in Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing 
  • Receive full Dstl studentship (fees and stipend) for 4 years 
  • Work directly with leading academics and industrialists
  • Receive Travel and consumable allowance


Applicants should possess a minimum 2:1 in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biological Sciences or a related discipline. Due to Dstl’s security restrictions, this studentship is available for UK, EU, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand nationals only. The successful candidate will be required to obtain Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and Security Clearance (SC).

How to apply

Please send your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to referring to the project title. Please note applications without academic transcripts will not be considered.

The successful candidate will be available to start on 1st October 2018.