Funded PhD studentship: Lean, Efficient and Sustainable Operations in the Healthcare Diagnostics Industry (closing date 12th September 2014)

Bangor University/Siemens Jointly-Funded PhD Studentship : Lean, Efficient and Sustainable Operations in the Healthcare Diagnostics Industry

Project Title – PhD Studentship in Lean, Efficient and Sustainable Operations in the Healthcare Diagnostics Industry

Location: Bangor Business School / Siemens

Supervisor: Prof K. I. Nikolopoulos DEng ΕΜΠ, ITP, P2P
Salary: Funding will cover UK fees, an annual stipend at RCUK rate (currently £13,863) and research costs to a total of £5,000.
Hours: Full-time
Contract: Contract/Temporary
Placed on: 3 September 2014
Closing date: 12 September 2014 at 12pm
Interview Date: 16 September 2014
Held at: Bangor University
Commencement date: 1 October 2014

Applications are invited for a three-year industrial research PhD studentship in Operations Management and Operations Research in a healthcare diagnostics manufacturing environment. The studentship is funded by The College of Business, Law, Education & Social Sciences and Siemens Healthcare & Diagnostics and is the first collaborative project of its kind following a successful sKTP project in 2013. The successful candidate will be expected to work at Forlab (the Forecasting Think Tank) at Bangor Business School and within Siemens DX, Llanberis, in addition to meeting Bangor Business School’s requirements of its PhD Students. It is expected that the time spent in Siemens will vary over the project but will amount to approximately 1½ - 2 days per week.

A trans-disciplinary project, the studentship has been developed in order to address issues specific to the in-vitro diagnostics industry. It is aimed at reducing variability and waste, thereby promoting efficiency and aiding sustainable supply chain management and production. Through extensive data analysis and a review of research from across Operations Management the studentship will focus on increasing efficiencies in resource management and production planning. It is expected to increase industrial sustainability through the use of Operations Management and Business Informatics applied in novel and practical ways.

The final thesis will review the process of applying cutting edge research to ensure effective management of resources and lean manufacturing. A multidisciplinary approach is expected to make contributions to research covering diagnostics manufacturing environments.

Academic requirements:

Applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree, preferably with a Masters degree or industry experience, with appropriate background in Business, Mathematics, Operations Research or Business Informatics. 

How to apply:

Please submit the following to Seimon Williams ( by midday on Friday 12 September 2014:

  • A statement (approximately 500 words) about your relevant research skills (listing all your relevant skills, relevant prior experience, the title and a brief description of your graduate study).
  • A statement (500-1000 words) about your main focus of research interest, potentially describing some research you have done in the past. Indicate clearly how you think this research interest would fit with the research project and with the research environment of Bangor Business School.
  • A full CV.

Enquiries to: Professor Konstantinos Nikolopoulos

Publication date: 4 September 2014