Research Associate/Fellow in Metrology

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Salary: £26,052 to £38,183 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29,301 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the above position to join the Manufacturing Metrology Team, as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Group, at the University of Nottingham. The Manufacturing Metrology Team conducts fundamental research to enable the next-generation of offline and online metrology tools for advanced manufacturing methods with focus on precision manufacturing and additive manufacturing. More information can be found on our website (www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/manufacturing-metrology)

This position is to work on the measurement of components during the laser powder bed metal additive manufacturing (AM) process. AM, also known as ‘3D printing’, is revolutionising the way we manufacture parts; permitting almost limitless design freedom and allowing more organic, more lightweight and more bespoke solutions. However production of metal parts by AM is a highly energetic and challenging process and the current state of the technology cannot produce parts with the consistency or geometric tolerances that are required for many applications. Through process monitoring we can improve part quality. Key parameters such as melt pool temperature, powder bed temperature and part form and part texture can be difficult to observe; requiring novel solutions.

The successful candidate will be working on developing a novel multi-sensor method of measuring AM surfaces in-process. The multi-sensor measurement approach aims to fuse data collected by multiple optical measurement systems, allowing sources of noise to be rejected, and clearer insights to be made.

Candidates must have an excellent degree in engineering, computer science, physics, or equivalent, and a PhD (or equivalent experience) either held or near completion. Strong skill in optics, mechanical design, computational methods or programming are desirable, and specific experience with data fusion methods, or optical form measurement is highly desirable. It is also expected that the candidate will demonstrate high level communication and organisational skills and an aptitude for liaison with industrial partners.

This full-time post is available immediately and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period 24 months.

The Faculty of Engineering was the first in the UK to be awarded an Athena Silver SWAN Award, in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing women’s careers in Engineering (STEMM). You can read more about this initiative at www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/athena-swan.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Simon Lawes, tel: 0115 7484606 Or email s.lawes@nottingham.ac.uk. 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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