Research Associate (ASTUTE 2020 Project Officer) – Industrial Robotics and Mechatronics

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Engineering

An exciting opportunity to work with leading academic experts in close collaboration with industry, developing impactful, state-of-the-art research-based solutions to the real world problems facing advanced manufacturing businesses and their supply chains throughout West Wales and the Welsh Valleys. 

The successful applicant will be joining Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading research led universities, as a Research Associate (ASTUTE 2020 Project Officer (PO)) for the Cardiff element of the Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies 2020 (ASTUTE 2020) operation, a ca. £15m consortium of four Welsh Universities (Swansea, Cardiff, Aberystwyth & University of Wales Trinity St David).

Working across all three of Cardiff University’s Colleges, the successful candidate will take a key role within the ASTUTE 2020 team, providing interdisciplinary project based support to Professor Rossi Setchi, the lead investigator for Cardiff University’s elements of the ASTUTE 2020 operation, around 20 academic co-investigators, the Technical Delivery Manager (TDM) and Senior Project Officers. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting the successful delivery of all technical outputs in order to meet the targets assigned to the ASTUTE 2020 team at Cardiff University. These activities will include the provision of substantive, quantifiable, practical assistance to manufacturing enterprises through high quality applied Research and Development projects in collaboration with industry partners within West Wales and the Valleys. The successful candidate will also take a key role in developing ASTUTE 2020 related activities and research outputs both within Cardiff University and across the wider consortium.

The ASTUTE 2020 operation has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating Higher Education Institutions.

This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until 30th June 2018.

Interviews to be held on Thursday, 8 June 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

For informal enquires about the role and the School of Engineering, please contact Prof Rossi Setchi (
) and Mr Andrew Hopkins (

The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

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