Research Associate - Manufacturing Immortality

The University of Manchester - School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

Closing Date : 21/12/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : from 6 January 2018 for 36 months
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate : School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Division : Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £32,548 per annum according to experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-11045

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3 year postdoctoral research associate in the Manufacturing Group for the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering in The University of Manchester. This post is part of a large collaborative project on New Industrial Systems to realize the vision for “Manufacturing Immortality”. The project is collaborative and multidisciplinary and at the interface of the physical and life sciences.

The aim of this project is to develop the scientific base and vision for evolvable bio-hybrid systems (materials, devices, etc.) that possess the inherent capacity to autonomously sense and repair damage, so called immortal products. You will be responsible for research in process signatures in manufacturing and the use phase of products and developing a strategy for linking this to performance and context awareness. You will lead the manufacturing science for non-bio materials and contribute to the research and formulation of new business models for immortal products and social/environmental impact assessment.

You will work closely with the other 6 collaborating universities (and with biologists, computer and material scientists), industrial partners and academic investigators to deliver project outcomes on time.

You should have proven ability to work independently, possess strong mathematical and data analysis skills, and be able to present results in an effective manner. You should be able to interact effectively with researchers from other disciplines and industrial partners. Good written and oral communication skills are essential.

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The University also holds the Race Charter mark for advancing equal opportunity and progression according to merit for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff. We particularly welcome applications from women and BAME for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Paul Mativenga


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01618502004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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