Research Associate - Responsive Manufacturing: Maximising Value Through Life (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate - Responsive Manufacturing: Maximising Value Through Life (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Monday 06 September 2021

Closing date Sunday 19 September 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF8639

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The overall aim for this research programme is to create a manufacturing systems value analysis toolkit for assessing in real-time the current and predictive needs of a manufacturing system so it can respond and adapt to change.  We wish to achieve whole life value from current and future manufacturing systems, maximising value through their lifetime i.e. being responsive, sustainable, adaptable and resilient.  

You will be at the crux of this activity - working closely with our four partners namely; The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd, ARES Software UK Ltd, Arup and Quick Release (Automotive) Ltd, as well as evaluate the research outputs beyond our four immediate partners.  Our partners are providing industrial case studies which will be used for the initial research activities.  You will be required to map the current state of the manufacturing systems being analysed, use the data gathered and analysis to create a proof of concept value modelling tool then define/test the model.  

The research is part of the EPSRC Manufacturing the Future research theme and we have a user engagement strategy in place to ensure the results of the research are disseminated beyond our initial partners.

We are looking for candidates with experience in analysing and modelling manufacturing systems.  We want someone who can apply techniques such as value stream mapping (or similar) and establish a step by step process to create a value analysis toolkit. 

We are an inclusive team and from the outset we will consider part-time working. 

About the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Research (ADM) Centre

You will join the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Centre (https://www.bath.ac.uk/research-centres/advanced-design-and-manufacturing-centre-adm-bath/).  The academics in the Centre are leading in the field of Design and Manufacturing and in the last year have been successful with over £6M in EPSRC funding.  The Centre is housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award, is a leading research and teaching Department and has over 89% of staff being world-leading or internationally excellent in research.  The Department works closely with industry as well as the local community.  The recent work on providing PPE during the pandemic demonstrates the ethos of our Department - using engineering for Good (https://vimeo.com/566537049).

This role is fixed term for an expected duration of 24 months. 

For informal enquires please contact Prof Linda Newnes via email enslbn@bath.ac.uk 

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

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Further details:

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.