Research Associate

Job title Research Associate

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322 Per Annum

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Thursday 09 January 2020

Closing date Sunday 09 February 2020

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF7379

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An exciting project, funded by Innovate UK, is referred to as ‘Enhanced Low Cost Automation Technology’ (ELCAT). It will advance the manufacturing technology and capabilities relating to aerospace structures, to meet the future demands of increased production rates with manufacturing precision. 

The increasing use of composite and metallic components provides challenges in the integration of these components with the desired precision (microns) that is critical for structural integrity and energy efficient operation of an aircraft. Additionally, flexibility in the manufacturing process is required to meet the anticipated production rates, which will require less dependence on jig fixtures. To achieve these challenging targets, a higher level of automation is required in the use of robots, motion platforms, metrology instruments, and integrated control. ELCAT partners include GKN Aerospace (the industry lead), Exechon (an industrial manufacturer of parallel kinematic machines), and the Universities of Bath and Nottingham. 

The role of the Research Associate at Bath is to undertake research into automation/metrology/control networks that must be synchronised and self-calibrating. These will be assessed and verified at laboratory scales before being expanded at a factory scale at the new GKN Global Technology Centre in Bristol. The appointed Research Associate will be required to simulate the network behaviour under conditions that represent the dynamic demands of the manufacturing process at large scales, e.g. real wing dimensions. Naturally, the Bath research will integrate with that from Nottingham (Cell Organisation, One Way Assembly) and the incorporation of metrology systems with motion platforms and robots from the industrial partners. In addition, the successful applicant must also be aware of the wider aims of the ELCAT project, hence there will be significant engagement and communication with the other partners.

Applicants should possess a PhD degree in a subject area of direct relevance for the project and have research experience.

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract for 3 years with an expected expiry date of 01/02/2023.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

In your application please include a detailed CV together with a statement highlighting your relevant experience for the position.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Patrick Keogh by email on 

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