Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow - Development of Vision System for Additive Manufacturing (fixed term)

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Salary: Salary from £28,856 - £35,018 per annum in accordance with the EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie financial guidelines for this scheme

PAM2 (European Training Network on “Precision Additive Metal Manufacturing”) is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Programme. The PAM2 network is employing a number of Early Stage Researchers around Europe, including in the Manufacturing Metrology Team at the University of Nottingham.

The objective of this Early Stage Researcher post is to develop a hybrid instrument comprising a vision system for fast defect detection and a focus variation system for 3D topography measurement in a selective laser melting (SLM) machine. Specifically, the ESR will use post-process metrology to determine defect types and their functional significance, develop and characterise the vision system, build a defect engine using the vision system and develop an uncertainty model for the hybrid system. In conjunction with another ESR, to design the hybrid system, to develop data fusion methods, to set up an experimental characterisation system, incorporating the physical design constraints of the SLM machine, and to integrate the final hybrid system into the SLM machine for in-process characterisation.

PAM2 is structured into taught modules combined with original and impactful research supported by secondments that will give the successful candidates significant insights and exposure to research and innovation in both academia and industry. The successful candidate will register for a PhD at the University of Nottingham and will carry out the majority of research in the Faculty of Engineering.

The successful candidate will also undertake two industrial secondments.


The successful applicant will be required to satisfy the eligibility criteria for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers ( p40-41), i.e.

  • Must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career
  • Must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Must  carry out trans-national mobility and not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) within the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to recruitment (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account)

The applicant will also be expected to have a first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in science, engineering, computing, maths or a related discipline.

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 36 months.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Richard Leach; Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. 

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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