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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Wednesday 25 January 2023

Closing date Sunday 26 February 2023

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF10233

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We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to undertake research into the use of Frequency Scanning Interferometry (FSI) in providing feedback signals for the control of high precision of robot-enabled manufacture.

The main aim of the project is to set up a dynamic model of the FSI system (OPTIMUM) supplied by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). The work will involve the integration of the system all the way through to preparing a final report and submitting a paper to a peer-reviewed journal for open access publication. Further details can be found within the job description.

You will be working as part of a team and would cover all aspects of the project however, a willingness to learn new techniques is essential.

About you

You will have a PhD degree in a subject area of direct relevance for the project, or equivalent significant relevant experience and professional qualification. You will also need:

  • Kinematic and dynamic system modelling
  • Controller design for robotic machining
  • Using measured displacement signals to implement control strategies

Further information

This role is fixed term starting March 2023 with an expected end date of 31 May 2025. 

For informal enquires please contact Prof Patrick Keogh, by email;

The Department of Mechanical Engineering undertakes internationally leading research across many areas. Specifically, the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control leads in fluid power, CFD/FEA, actuation, robotics control, and the dynamics and control of electro-mechanical systems

What we can offer you:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements.;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups such as Black, Asian and Ethnic and disabled people, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

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We are an equal opportunities employer and have 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

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Update to our application process

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.