Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Design of Control Systems for Precision Flexible Forming

University of Oxford - Department of Engineering Science

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Design of Control Systems for Precision Flexible Forming to join the Control Engineering research group at the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by EPSRC and is fixed-term to 28 February 2018. This is a joint project with Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

The research will develop a suite of manufacturing and linked modelling tools, which will allow the optimisation and realisation of spatially distributed electrode structures that will improve the performance, lifetime and introduction of next generation energy storage devices. You will be responsible for identifying appropriate control strategies, actuation mechanisms and sensors for controlling the geometry and materials properties of high value metal component manufacture. You will use appropriate process models to design closed loop control systems for industrial case studies such as: flexible ring rolling; free-forming of sheet metal components; actuated lightweight tooling; variable geometry profile sections.

You should possess hold (or be near completion) a PhD in control engineering or a related discipline that includes a strong component of mathematical modelling, modern control theory, system identification and optimization. You should have excellent skills in MATLAB and a good record of scientific publications.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Stephen Duncan (

Further information can be found at:

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 6 February 2017 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

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