Research Fellow - Robotic NDT (100007)

University of Strathclyde - School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

FTE: 1 
Term:  Fixed (to Jan 2019)
Closing Date: 05 January 2018

The Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE), based in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE) at the University of Strathclyde is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow to develop, manage and coordinate a multi-partner collaborative research project focused on autonomy in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection processes.

Daily activities within the role will include the programming of multiple industrial robots in an industrial environment, and collecting sensor data (including ultrasound surface geometry and vision) from a variety of test specimens using these robot systems and interpreting experimental results. You will be responsible for aspects related to the operation of robotic NDT cells, including programming, data collection and safety and as such duties can involve both mechanical and electrical systems. You will undertake extensive low-level programming and NDT instrument interfacing, motivated by the aim of acquiring, interpreting and reporting scientific NDT results to the supervision team, industrial stakeholders, and the overall project management team. Scientific publication and dissemination of results will be required, through both academic journals and conferences.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in a relevant subject (e.g. physics, control engineering, automation, mechanical & electrical engineering)

You will have demonstrable capability in industrial robotic programming and automation for precision instrumentation such as NDT and metrology applications. You will have experience in ultrasonic NDT techniques and the complexities of ultrasonic wave propagation in complex geometry materials. You will have programming skills in low level interfacing including C , C++, C# and Matlab.

You will be an emerging independent researcher, developing your own research area and managing associated research programmes. You will have an ability to conduct individual research work, manage and supervise other researchers (staff and students), disseminate research results and to prepare and be responsible for acquisition of research funding (as PI/Co-I). You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to listen, engage and persuade and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences, and you will have the ability to work as part of a team, integrating with existing research team members and collaborating effectively with both academic and industrial partners.

The Research Fellow will be required to travel to partner sites for technical meetings and project demonstrations on a regular basis and, as such, applicants must be willing and able to travel. Applications from candidates with a valid UK driving licence and access to their own vehicle are therefore desirable. The position will entail working both at the Glasgow City Centre campus, and at the Advanced Forming Research Centre near Glasgow International Airport.

Initial interviews have been scheduled for January 2018.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Gareth Pierce, s.g.pierce@strath.ac.uk or call 0141 548 2617.

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