Research Associate in Dry Composites Forming (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate in Dry Composites Forming (fixed term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Monday 12 April 2021

Closing date Monday 31 May 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF8056R

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The University of Bath wishes to appoint a Research Associate to work on the EPSRC funded project “Design simulation tools and process improvements for non-crimp fabric (NCF) preforming”.  The research is a Core Project of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub and partners Bath with the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham as well as industrial collaborators which are invested in composites design and manufacturing. The Future Composites Manufacturing Hub engages academics from across the UK to deliver a step-change in the production of polymer matrix composites.   

We would like to appoint a composites research engineer who will work on the fundamental underpinning science of NCF preforming and will develop software tools for designers. The successful candidate will benefit from existing composites expertise at Bath and from frequent interaction and knowledge exchange with the project partners. 

Applicants should hold a PhD in Engineering or a relevant subject area, or equivalent significant relevant experience. In addition, we require proven experience of structural modelling and/or composites manufacture. Experience in some of the following areas will be a distinct advantage but are not essential: mechanical testing, geometric modelling, software development, metrology, composite design and automation. Candidates should be self-motivated and possess project management and technical communication skills.

This role is fixed term to start ASAP with an expected duration of 12 months. 

For informal enquires please contact Dr Evros Loukaides (, Dr Andy Rhead ( or Prof Richard Butler (

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:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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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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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.