Industrial Case PhD Studentship, Southampton Business School

United Kingdom
Feb 14, 2017
Mar 20, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Industrial Case PhD Studentship

Southampton Business School

Location: Highfield Campus

Closing Date:  Monday 20 March 2017

Reference: 839117TR

Centre of Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems (CORMSIS), University of Southampton, UK

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI), University of Southampton, UK

BAE Systems, Portsmouth, UK

Location: University of Southampton, Highfield Campus

Scholarship: Full fees (UK/EU) plus £21k per year for four years full time

Closing Date:  20th March 2017 

We invite applications for a four-year Ph.D. studentship to start in September 2017 to work with Professor Julia Bennell and Dr Jonathan Klein. The project is an EPSRC Industrial CASE collaboration with BAE Systems. The project will develop maintenance optimisation modelling with the objective of supporting and informing engineering capability investment. The student will have the opportunity to work with staff and students in Southampton Business School, CORMSIS and SMMI at the University of Southampton drawing on their expertise in mathematical modelling, knowledge and systems management and maritime engineering. There will be an opportunity to spend time at BAE Systems’ sites in Portsmouth Naval Base to collect data and develop a greater understanding of the company’s maritime activities.

With highly complex naval ships having a lifespan in excess of 25 years, the through-life cost of maintaining a modern fleet represents a substantial burden on the customer future budget allocation.  Maintenance optimisation and the ability to feed experience back in to the design management loop are imperative in ensuring the competitiveness and future enhancement of the Fleet Service business. The research will address the development of analytical tools and mathematical models to optimise maintenance and hence availability of a ship.

How to apply:

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a master’s degree) in mathematics, engineering or other relevant discipline. The studentship provides a maintenance grant (at the Research Council UK rate) and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Applicants must satisfy the eligibility and residence requirements of the UK Research Councils. Owing to funding restrictions only UK citizens can be considered.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees. They should complete the Southampton Business School Ph.D. application form ( naming Prof Julia Bennell as supervisor and quote BAE fleet services as the project title. For further information or informal enquires please contact (

The research partners:

CORMSIS is one of the largest Operational Research and Management Science groups in the UK, spanning the Mathematics and Southampton Business School. Among the many areas of expertise, it has extensive breadth and depth of experience in mathematical modelling and optimisation. It also includes experts in Systems Thinking and knowledge management with significant experience in applying these methods in industry and public sector. (

SMMI is a unique, internationally recognised centre of excellence for research, innovation and education in marine and maritime education and research. With approximately 350 academics working together with society, industry and government, SMMI is the largest single such entity of its kind in the world. (

BAE Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries. The company delivers end-to-end services and support to over half of the Royal Navy’s Surface Fleet. (

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