PhD Scholarship: Research into Blockchain Applications in Supply Chains

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Project Background:  Blockchain is an example of a distributed ledger. This means that data is stored not in a single location, but rather on a system of ‘nodes’. A node in this case represents an actor in the system that is online in said system. There is an emerging interest about the use of blockchains in supply chains. This is because blockchain technology has the potential to allow one to more securely and transparently track all types of transactions in a supply chain. Early research has shown that the applications can be found in smart contracts, recording of assets, tracking of trade related documents and are an important aspect is the link between the physical and digital item.

Research Summary: The objective of this work is to carry out research into understanding the possible use of blockchain in supply chains, and the implementation of these scenario(s), (using representative   data from companies within CONFIRM)   in a test-bed to illustrate the advantages/disadvantages of such an approach.

Research Work: The steps of the research are: (i) research and understand blockchain; (ii) research the literature and understand the possibly benefits of blockchain within supply chains (iii) Review a number of companies supply chain systems; (iv) develop knowledge of tools (e.g., Ethereum, Hyperledger, Multichain, etc) to implement blockchains within supply chains; (v) Propose an overall architecture for selected scenarios from supply chains and implement these scenarios(s); (vi) Document the advantages/disadvantages of each scenario.

Novelty of Work: The adoption of blockchain in the supply chain and logistics is slow at present because of associated risks and the lack of demonstrable examples. However companies are very interested to understand the advantages or disadvantages of blockchains in supply chains.

Faculty: Science & Engineering: CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing.

Entry Requirements: Essential attributes: An engineering or computer science student with an ability to program.

Funding/Stipend: SFI PhD Stipend of €18,500 tax free per annum, EU tuition fees covered up to €5,500 p.a., non-EU students may have to pay balance of full fees.

Closing Date: Rolling deadline until position is filled.

Contact & How to apply: Please send your CV/Resume with the ID REF# PhD-15 and a cover letter in support of these requirements to

Additional Information: CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing is a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded national research centre that benefits from the expertise across 8 core research performing organisations in Ireland, 16 international collaborations, and over 40 Industry partners across multinational companies and Small and medium enterprises in many sectors. Smart Manufacturing has been defined as fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond intelligently and in real-time to meet changing physical, digital and business process demands and conditions within the factory and along its entire value chain (e.g. supply network and customer needs). CONFIRM’s vision is to transform the Irish industry to become world-leaders in smart manufacturing.



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