Research Associate (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate (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 Friday 21 May 2021

Closing date Sunday 20 June 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF8317

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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.

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, actuation, robotics control, and the dynamics and control of electro-mechanical systems.

This role is fixed term from 1 July 2021 with an expected end date of 30 April 2023. 

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Prof Patrick Keogh on enspsk@bath.ac.uk

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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  • a family friendly workplace 
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  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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