Funded MASc Position in data-driven design for additive manufacturing

There is a fully funded MASc position available on the topic of data-driven design for additive manufacturing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  

This position is in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on UBCs Point Grey campus on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, surrounded by forest, ocean and mountains. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most diverse cities in Canada, and one of the most livable cities in the world.

About the positions

Additive manufacturing (AM), (aka. 3D printing) is a family of production technologies that build up three-dimensional objects layer-by-layer. AM is particularly popular in the aerospace and biomedical industries due to its flexibility and ability to produce intricate product geometries using a variety of materials.

When designing a part, its common to go through multiple design iterations using data obtained from experiments and simulations to refine the design. In this project, we are looking to develop algorithms and write software that automatically gathers data and performs design iterations for 3D printed parts using ideas from control systems, optimization, and machine learning.

This project will involve simulations, writing software, and hands on experiments using 3D printers. These aspects can be investigated in different ratios according to the interests of the researcher.

Supervisory team

This position will be co-supervised by Dr. Dominic Liao-McPherson and Dr. Adam Clare. Dr. Clare is an expert in additive manufacturing technology and engineering design, while Dr. Liao-McPherson will provide expertise in optimization, algorithmic decision-making, and data assimilation.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in engineering (or a related field)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Some undergraduate coursework in control, optimization, or manufacturing
  • No other specific qualifications beyond and a willingness to learn.

If you have any questions

If you’re interested in pursuing graduate school in beautiful Vancouver and any of this seems interesting to you, please don't hesitate to reach out.

How to apply

  • Submit the following documents by email to dliaomcp [at] and aclare [at]      
    1. A resume/CV;
    2. A cover letter/statement of intent (including relevant experience, your research interests, and how they relate to the project);
    3. Unofficial transcripts;
  • Please submit all documents as a single .pdf file and use the following format for the email subject line: [DDAM application]: LastName, FirstName
  • Those shortlisted for further consideration will be contacted for an online interview and given instructions about submitting a formal application to the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Due to the volume of emails received only those shortlisted will be contacted; I apologize in advance.

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Key Dates

  • November 10th 2023  | First review date for applications
  • December 1st   2023  | Awards deadline* for January 2024 admission
  • February 15th   2024   | Final deadline for formal applications
  • March 1st          2024  | Deadline for all supporting documents (including reference letters)

Interviews will take place from November 13th through February 1st.

*Submitting a formal application before this date will increase your chances of winning an additional award.

Funding Range

A minimum yearly stipend of $29,000.

Award holders (e.g., CGS-M, UBC internal fellowship) will receive a top up.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-57621 in all your correspondence about this Master student position.

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