Project Engineer (Cutting Fluid Chemistry)

University of Sheffield - Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre - Machining Group

Working Pattern: 35 hours per week

Advanced Manufacturing Park
Wallis Way
S60 5TZ

Salary: Grade 6
£25,728 to £29,799 per annum, with potential to progress to £32,548 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is a cluster of world-class centres for research into advanced manufacturing technologies used in the aerospace, power generation, medical and other high-value manufacturing sectors. The cluster has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry worldwide. Cluster members include the AMRC with Boeing, Nuclear AMRC, the AMRC Design Prototyping and Testing, Training and Knowledge Transfer Centres; Castings Technology International (CTI); the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC); Medical AMRC and Factory 2050.

The AMRC with Boeing and Nuclear AMRC are part of the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The AMRC with Boeing specialises in advanced machining, materials and manufacturing research. It has more than 80 industrial partners, including global giants such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus as well as small businesses, and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The Machinability team is a research team within The AMRC with Boeing’s Machining Group, whose aims are to deliver novel research projects for the benefit of the AMRC partnership, to accumulate knowledge and to drive forward the team’s strategic road map. The team studies the areas of cutting fluid chemistry, the materials science of metal cutting, cutting tool wear and the application of emerging machining technology. The Project Engineer post advertised relates to the chemistry of cutting fluids, which are also known as metalworking fluids.

The Project Engineer will be responsible for the delivery of high quality projects, and for various administrative tasks. Some clerical skills are required to track project progress and generate the necessary documentation. It is expected that you will be able to run research projects under guidance, including the planning and running of experiments and creation of written project reports. It is essential that you have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience) in a Chemistry-related subject (including Chemical Engineering).

This is a great opportunity for you to collaborate with numerous large companies who supply cutting fluids to industry, and to develop new lines of research in this area. Companies who are research collaborators with the AMRC with Boeing include Houghton PLC, Afton Chemical, Fuchs Lubricants, Blaser Swisslube and Hangsterfer’s Labs. Machining trials conducted at the AMRC assist in the refinement of chemistry packages. Also important is the life cycle of the cutting fluids- aspects such as coolant delivery, monitoring and recycling. Research activity touches on chemistry, tribology and wear disciplines. Through the AMRC’s industrial partners you will help define the needs and direction of the research area, and can shape projects as stepping stones to achieve the vision.

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