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Research Associate in Integrated Sensing of Hydraulic Devices (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate in Integrated Sensing of Hydraulic Devices (Fixed Term)

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 10 January 2022

Closing date Sunday 30 January 2022

Interview date Tuesday 08 February 2022

Reference CF9031

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Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath on an Innovate UK funded project (ASCEND: Advanced Sensing & Connectivity for Energy efficient Next-generation hydraulic Devices). The project is a close collaboration with industry (Domin Fluid Power and The Data Analysis Bureau) that aims to create a direct-drive servo valve platform with advanced integrated sensing to improve product efficiency and reliability.

The successful applicant will work closely with our industrial partners to identify novel compact sensing technologies for hydraulic systems, design and fabricate sensors for integration within additively manufactured servo-valve manifolds, and test their performance for real-time monitoring of valve pressure and temperature. Pressure-wave energy harvesting will also be investigated as a method to directly power sensors without the need for wired connections. The sensing technologies will be utilised by the industrial partners to create AI-enabled predictive maintenance (PdM) and remaining useful life (RUL) estimation tools.

An eager and creative candidate is sought to work on this Innovate UK project. The candidate should hold a PhD in mechanical engineering or a related discipline. Experience with sensors, additive manufacture and/or hydraulic systems is desired, as is the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team. The successful applicant will have excellent written and oral communication skills for effective communication of results and findings at regular project meetings with industrial partners, trade shows/conferences, and through academic publications.

The position is on a full-time basis (36.5 hours per week) for an expected duration of 30 months. For informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr James Roscow ( or Dr Min Pan (

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 
  • 39 days (pro rata) holiday (annual leave, discretionary days and bank holidays)
  • 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
  • able to offer you a very generous employer contributory pension
  • an employer who wants you to enjoy a work life balance and we offer a generous annual leave allowance to recognise that. 
  • 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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Further details:

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Update to our application process:

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