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Research Assistant / Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Assistant / Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Salary for a Research Assistant is £28,929 rising to £35,308 per annum. Salary for a Research Associate is £36,333 rising to £43,155 per annum.

Grade Grade 6 to Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is potentially sponsorable subject to candidates meeting the tradeable points criteria

Placed on Tuesday 07 March 2023

Closing date Sunday 02 April 2023

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF10429

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We are looking for a Research Assistant/Associate to join ASCEND: Advanced Sensing & Connectivity for Energy efficient Next-generation hydraulic Devices.

The project is a close collaboration between an interdisciplinary team within Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath and industry, which aims to enhance the functionality of digital hydraulic systems through the integration of sensor networks.

The successful applicant will work on innovative design of components and valves used in digital hydraulic systems to facilitate the direct integration of novel sensors and energy harvesters. The sensors and harvesters are being developed by another member of the project team and the role will involve close collaboration to design and implement effective solutions made possible using additive manufacturing. The ideal candidate will have a core understanding of design for additive manufacture and recognise the importance of downstream processing such as surface modifications and computer numerical control machining.  

We expected applicants to possess a suitable degree or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a relevant subject area, as well as having research experience. Our ideal applicant will have:

  • Experience with design for additive manufacturing
  • The ability to work within an interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for effective communication of results and findings at regular project meetings with industrial partners
  • Previous experience in sensors and/or hydraulic systems is desirable but not essential

This position is full time for a period of 10 months starting July 2023.

For an informal discussion about the position please contact Dr James Roscow, Lecturer e; t; 01225 38 5189

What we can offer you:

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, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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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.