Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Are you interested in working for pioneering department within the University of Sheffield? An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Machining group as a Research Associate.

As a Research Associate, you will hold a key leadership role within the project team, and work on a portfolio of projects potentially across a range of groups. You will be supported by and work closely with a Technology Fellow with expertise in the relevant fields of research and development, engineers from across the group, and potentially multiple project managers. The projects will be broadly based on machining technology with a focus on process modelling and experimental studies within the machining process.

The Machining Group focuses on the research, development, and application of state of the art machining technologies ( The group has an excellent track record of developing technology and integrating it into a shop floor environment to demonstrate financial benefit to partners. This ability to translate technological advances into bottom line savings has led to a large growth in demand from its aerospace partners and a growing need for skilled engineers with an interest in manufacturing.

Key aspects of the role will include the development of machining processes to improve performance, the leadership of Engineers in the technical area of simulation of metal cutting including analytical and Finite Element (FE) methods for chip formation, surface integrity, and will require experience in validating numerical models by experimental tests. Other key aspects of the role will include: planning, directing, and undertaking research into machining science; providing technical advisory and consulting services; designing tests and experiments to address research objectives; and finding solutions to machine specific problems such as cutting forces and residual stresses. You will also present results of scientific research to sponsors, address conferences, and publish articles outlining the methodology and results of research undertaken.

In order to be considered for this role you should have a proven track record of research in process modelling and experimental research in machining. This should be based on academic and research track record at a world leading research institution or comparable organisation. You will also have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant engineering or science subject, as well as a PhD (or close to completion) similarly in a relevant engineering or science subject (or equivalent experience). You must be able to demonstrate that you have good IT skills, including the ability to learn programming languages such as Labview, C++, Matlab, Fortan, or others. It is essential that you possess effective communication skills, both written and verbal; report writing skills; experience of delivering presentations; communicating to staff at all levels; the organisation’s strategic plan and your personal contribution towards it.

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:


Northern England