Research Associate in intelligent Process Analytical Technologies (iPAT) (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate in intelligent Process Analytical Technologies (iPAT) (fixed term)

Department Chemical Engineering

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

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Monday 28 June 2021

Closing date Thursday 05 August 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF8417

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Additive manufacturing technologies, or 3D printing, have unleashed the 4th Industrial Revolution, enabling rapid prototyping, digital design, and decentralised manufacturing opportunities. However, there are critical issues such as plastic pollution, raw material costs, poor flexibility to produce hierarchical structures with broader size and geometry production (e.g. nano- fibres, particles) and enhanced resilience against feedstock supply chain disruptions that remain unchallenged. 

BioMed 4.0 is an exciting and ground-breaking EPSRC-funded project that will deliver the next generation of additive manufacturing devices by enabling an agnostic-to-feedstock operation, high printing precision and control, and hierarchical design (from the centimetre down to the nanoscale) to produce biomedical devices. 

About the role:

The BioMed 4.0 Team would like to appoint an intelligent-Process Analytical Technologies (iPAT) Research Associate who will apply Molecular Spectroscopy and iPAT for (off-, and in-line) polymer characterisation and sensing. In addition, the researcher will implement Chemometrics modelling for process control and digital design. 

About you:

Applicants must hold a PhD in process engineering, analytical chemistry, data science, or relevant discipline. Successful applicants will possess:

  • Expertise in spectroscopy (e.g., NIR, Raman) and analytical techniques for on-line process monitoring
  • Experience utilising Chemometrics, machine learning and data-driven modelling in Python, C++ and/or Matlab
  • A strong background in process control, process engineering and/or polymer science.
  • A track record in conducting high quality research, evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams are essential.
  • Expertise in 3D printing, electrospinning/electrospraying is desirable, but not essential.

The appointee will work as part of the multidisciplinary BioMed 4.0 team. The iPAT part of the project is led by Dr Bernardo Castro-Dominguez and the successful candidate will work within the Smart Process Engineering Lab and benefit from the vibrant environment of the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Materials for Health Lab, the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT), Centre for Autonomous Robotics (CENTAUR) and the Centre for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI). 

For further information or an informal discussion about the position please contact Dr Bernardo Castro-Dominguez at  Please note that applications sent directly by email will not be accepted. 

Applications should include a CV and covering letter (no more than 2-pages) explaining the interest in and suitability for the position.

This is a full-time fixed term post available from the 1st September 2021 for an expected duration of 24 months.

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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