The Business School currently has a PhD Studentship available in the following area:

Project Topic: Improving materials planning and supply chain management within the automotive sector

Project outline – Ongoing research in supply chain management is focussed on improving the materials planning process and manufacturing within the automotive Supply Chain (SC). This involves close engagement between Researchers at the Edge Hill University Business School and an Industrial Partner within the automotive industry based in Halewood, Liverpool. It is important to achieve an effective and efficient management of the SC as a major source of competitive advantage to enable operational sustainability .Within the automotive industry, consumer preference is dynamic and this poses an additional challenge to the SC in understanding and interpreting customer requirements to accurately order raw materials at the right quality and quantity.

Supervisory Team:

Academic Researchers – Prof James O’Kane

Prof O’Kane is currently the Director of the Business School and would take the role of the first supervisor on this project.

Academic Researchers – Dr Oyetola Emmanuel-Ebikake

Dr Oyetola has a PhD in affordability assessment, of complex and large value capital engineering and technological project in Aerospace and Defence at Cranfield University. She is developing taught modules in operations and supply chain for the Business School which would be further informed by this research activity.

Industrial Research Participants – Mr John Byrom

Mr Byrom is the Materials Planning Manager at JC, Halewood, Liverpool. He is the key contact who would help to engage other employees within the organisation.

GTA Studentship Activity

The GTA researcher would be expected to focus on some long-term recommendations which have emerged from the current research activity in addition to other research objectives. These recommendations are broadly presented below.

  1. Investigate the current IT system used in the material in the materials planning process e.g. MFG Pro and investigate the implementation of SAP system to replace or integrate with      the current systems.
  2. Investigate the cost of technical implementation and training requirement for SAP systems
  3. Investigate the benefits or drawbacks of  different levels of suppliers in order to identify the most efficient supply chain arrangement for JC Halewood.

To discuss this project further please contact either Professor Kane, or Dr Oyetola,

Duties and responsibilities:

Students will be expected to:

  • Successfully undertake an initial programme of accredited research training.
  • Undertake a PhD programme of research under the supervision of an appointed supervisory team.
  • Enhance the research culture of the Department in which they are located and the University by participating in events, conferences and training.
  • Successfully complete a programme of teacher training.
  • Undertake up to six hours teaching a week as directed by the Head of Department.

How to apply

Applicants must submit:

  • A ‘Research Proposal’ which should not exceed 2,000 words in length
  • A full academic curriculum vitae
  • Two independent academic references using the form provided
  • A completed application form

Applicants should normally have, or be about to obtain, a Masters qualification in a subject relevant to the studentship for which they are applying.

Selection Criteria:

Selection will be based on the following:

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • The synergy between your qualifications, research experience and declared research interest
  • The quality of the research proposal
  • Performance at interview
  • Supervisory capacity in the declared area of research
  • Previous tutoring/teaching experience and related subject based qualifications
  • The strategic and developmental needs of the faculty

The Recruitment Process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview and asked to give a presentation related to their research proposal. Successful candidates at interview will be put forward to a final selection panel which will make the decision on the award of the 12 studentships. Candidates will not have to attend the final panel.

Applications should be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • The closing date for all studentships is 16.00 hrs on Friday 28 February 2014
  • Interviews will be held between Monday 17 March-Friday 4 April 2014
  • The final selection panel will meet in April 2014

Click Here  – for the Application Form Graduate School

Click Here – for the EH Application Reference Forms