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Research Associate/Fellow in Data-Driven Manufacturing (Fixed term)


Location:  Jubilee Campus
Salary:  £29,762 to £44,414 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Closing Date:  Tuesday 20 June 2023
Reference:  ENG218023

We are looking for a Research Associate/Fellow in Data Driven Manufacturing to join our team within Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham. 

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to both the Elastic Manufacturing Systems (EMS) project and the Made Smarter Innovation Research Centre for Connected Factories (MSI Centre). 

The EMS project aims to develop and demonstrate a new concept of Elasticity in Manufacturing Systems. This will allow future manufacturing operations to be delivered as a service, based on dynamic resource requirements and provision.

The MSI Centre is specifically focused on creating blueprints for manufacturing systems of the future. It is unique in providing an opportunity to demonstrate new techniques and fundamental research in industrially relevant environments, to maximise impact. 

The successful candidate will work closely with researchers from our partner universities (Cambridge and Sheffield) and collaborate with leading industrialists from Airbus, BAE Systems, BMW, Nestlé, and Siemens.

The successful candidate will have:

    Proven experimental and analytical skills in data driven manufacturing.

    PhD (or about to complete a PhD) in in manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related scientific discipline.

And be:

    Passionate about problem solving.

    Highly motivated, with a proven ability to work to deadlines.

This new role is based in the Precision Manufacturing Centre (PMC), part of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IfAM). This includes the Centre for Aerospace Manufacturing, the PMC Labs, and fundamental research in factory automation and digital manufacturing. The current funding portfolio is £19.1M and includes EU, Innovate UK, EPSRC, and direct industry funding.

This post is available on a fixed term contract of 12 months (providing you are in post by 01/10/2023, if not this post must end on 30/09/2024). Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours per week). Applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part time, with a minimum of 29 hours per week. Please specify in your covering letter the preferred number of hours. Job share arrangements may be considered.

In the covering letter, candidates should also briefly describe how they meet the person specification included in the role profile.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Rebecca Cahill, email REBECCA.CAHILL@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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