Research Associate/Fellow in Mechatronics/Robotics/Innovation Fixture Design (fixed term)

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

The Rolls-Royce Manufacturing and On-Wing University Technology Centre (UTC, see: www.nottingham.ac.uk/utc) at the University of Nottingham is looking to recruit a highly motivated researcher in Mechatronics/Robotics/Innovative fixture design to contribute to existing projects and conduct research within the expanding research groups. This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 2 years.

This is an excellent career opportunity for an experienced graduate/postgraduate to play a leading role in challenging projects. The Faculty has an excellent international reputation for high quality theoretical and experimental research funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU and manufacturing industry. In this role, the candidate will be at the forefront of research that offers significant technological challenge and innovation, with an aim to improving quality in mechatronics/robotics/fixturing applications within Rolls-Royce and its suppliers. The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with industrial partners (e.g. Rolls-Royce). In addition to carrying out project work, the researcher will benefit from exposure to internationally leading industiral companies that are interested in the results of this project and willing to collaborate on spin-put individual projects. Participation to some teaching activities will be available for those wishing to pursue an academic career.

The person appointed will work on research projects for Rolls-Royce in the area of mechatronics/robotics/fixture system development. Specifically, this research will focus on mechatronics/robotics/fixture design, kinematic analysis and developing control strategies for in-situ repair work in constrained and hazardous environments/manufacturing working for aerospace component productions.

Candidates must possess a good knowledge of design kinematic analysis, actuation solutions related to mechatronics/robotics and demonstrate strong evidence of developing their own software (in MATLAB, C++ and/or LabVIEW) to control such systems. Previous expertise in developing customised mechatronic/robotics/fixture systems (e.g. for manipulation/surveillance) would be desirable.

We are looking for applicants with a good first degree in mechatronics/mechanical/engineering or related disciplines, and preferably a PhD degree in mechatronics/robotics. This full-time post is available from 1st December 2017 and will be offered on a fixed term contract for a period of two years.

Apart from being capable to lead research work on projects, good communication, presentation/reporting and publishing skills are required for the person appointed to effectively interact with the international academic and industrial partners involved.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. D Axinte, tel: +44 (0)115 951 4117 or email dragos.axinte@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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