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Research Associate (Fixed Term) x3

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term) x3

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 25 July 2022

Closing date Monday 22 August 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF9641

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Our engineering design and manufacturing research team are seeking 3 Research Associates to join our team working on the information modelling for collaborative robotic manufacturing applications.

The work is part of a new 3-year European funded project on the next generation of Robots and applications with 21 partners. This project seeks to explore the latest advancements in AI to achieve the next generation of collaborative robots with new forms of human interaction.

Successful applicants will be working with a team of EU partners based in Bath, but the position will require travelling into mainland Europe to work with both industrial and academic partners to fulfil Bath’s role in the Fluently project and enable new collaborative robot applications.

These roles will suit you if you 

  • hold PhD degree, or an equivalent professional qualification, in subject area of direct relevance for the project,
  • have previous experience of one or more of the following: information modelling, databases, metamodeling, ontologies and information standards applied to manufacturing engineering applications,
  • are self-motivated and possess project management and technical communication skills,
  • have experience in related research areas

Additional Information 

There are 3 positions available, and you will be asked on the application form which are of interest to you.

  • 1 x Fixed-term contract for 36 months starting 1st September 2022 with an expected end date of 31st August 2025
  • 2 x Fixed-term contract for 12 months Starting 1st September 2022 with an expected end date of 31st August 2023

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Vimal Dhokia by email on , and/or Professor Stephen Newman, by email on  mailto: and/or email on Dr Elies Dekoninck at

Based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, you will be part of an advanced design and manufacturing research centre which has an excellent track record in undertaking novel research and industry-relevant projects and has long established collaborations with industrial partners. This collaboration covers a range of industries from medical to aerospace with research projects and industrial links throughout the supporting supply chains.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath holds Silver Award for Athena SWAN scheme, which promotes gender equality among all disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

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. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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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Visa information:

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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.