Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow - Optical Form Measurement of Complex Rough Surfaces to Improve the Precision of Additive Manufactured Parts (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 the project is to establish how typical AM surface finish affects form measurements and review existing optical form measurement methods. Choose the appropriate optical system (with an industrial case study in mind). Develop a model of the optical interaction with a complex surface and determine the instrument transfer function. Characterise the optical system coupled with the model to reduce systematic errors, including an uncertainty analysis. To use the accurate optical measurement results to give feedback on the AM manufacturing process and as a result improve the precision of the AM parts.

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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