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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

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Thursday 24 November 2022

Closing date Wednesday 07 December 2022

Interview date See advert

Reference CF10072

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Do you want to support the manufacturing sector by creating a value analysis toolkit to assist companies to respond and adapt to change (e.g. materials and/or labour shortages, new technology)? Join our team as we help the sector identify appropriate actions, whilst being given the information to realise the impact of any changes. 

Manufacturing is an increasingly important area for the UK Government. The Responsive Manufacturing: Maximising Value Through Life project is funded under the EPSRC Manufacturing the Future research theme which amounts to approximately £330 million (~6% of the whole EPSRC portfolio).   

As this is an industry led project you will work closely with our partners; The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd, Arup and Quick Release (Automotive) Ltd. Our approach is to use industrial case studies within the research.  

The research will focus on mapping the current state of the manufacturing systems being analysed, using the data gathered from the case studies to create a proof-of-concept value modelling tool, and validating the conceptual model.  

The researcher will be encouraged and supported to publish papers in top rated journals, and to widely disseminate the outputs of their research through academic and industry conferences and workshops etc.  Any necessary training and opportunities to assist you in your research and your future career progression will be provided.  

We are looking for candidates with an understanding of analysing and modelling systems and/or experience of value identifying techniques e.g. value stream mapping.  We believe this role would be suitable for applicants from a number of disciplines including engineering, economic, environmental science etc.  An understanding of manufacturing systems (from any sector) is expected.

We are an inclusive team and from the outset, we will consider applications from those requesting part-time working hours. 

The role is expected to be until 23 May 2024. Interviews are likely to be held on 13 December 2022. 

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

Manufacturing Research at the University

You will join an active manufacturing research community.  Within Bath, Manufacturing is a transdisciplinary activity and we work with researchers across all the Faculties in the University.  We are leading in the field of Design and Manufacturing e.g. Professor Newnes leads the Made Smarter Innovation: Centre for People-Led Digitalisation.  You will be 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.

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. 

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We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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