Director of Studies: Professor Carinna Parraman
Other members of the proposed supervisory team: Dr Paul O’Dowd 
Professional partner: Renishaw
  
Project details:
 
The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of West of England Bristol invites applications for a three-year full-time Doctoral studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to establish a new application of metrology technologies for digital fabrication in the creative industries.
 
Metrology often uses robotic platforms to conduct precisely controlled measurement actions.  If robotic platforms are to be used for expressive fabrication within art and design, then the ability to measure and sense is also of importance.  However, expression necessitates a dynamic awareness of materials correlated with dynamic movement.  The student will empirically draw from design, art and craft practices by observation and recording practitioner patterns of tool use and expression to establish a new application of metrology technologies.
 
The Centre for Fine Print Research has a strong track record of successful PhD completions and our doctoral programme provides a thriving intellectual community, with students from around the world researching into aspects of multi-disciplinary print. We expect research students to take a full and active role in the Research Centre including taking part in regular workshops, conferences and seminars. The studentship commences October 2017 .
 
The Centre for Fine Print Research has extensive digital fabrication equipment including a 6 axis robotic arm. Knowledge and experience of relevant technologies and software will be an advantage. The PhD candidate will be given freedom to develop his/her own dissertation topic within the wider remit of this project.
 
Applicants will be expected to attend an interview and demonstrate:
 
• imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
• an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
• clear motivation for undertaking PhD study in Bristol in this subject area
• evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research
  
For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Paul3.O’Dowd@uwe.ac.uk