Research Fellow in Manufacturing Processes

University of Leeds - Faculty of Engineering

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Are you interested in new manufacturing processes? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

This EPSRC funded project concerns the research of a new manufacturing process to create soft robotic structures. The key enabling technology for this will be the novel manufacturing apparatus that has already been created and is operational. Using this apparatus, this Research Fellow position will explore the fundamental elements for engineering and fabricating soft robotic structures (such as electro-active-polymer constructs) that are capable of shape change and/or exerting physical force.

You will work on refining and utilising this apparatus such that it is capable of the required material compatibility, compositional variation, and scales and accuracy of deposition onto alternative platform geometries and surfaces. This will include the design and engineering of new or adapted components, systems and hardware to enable effective operation. It will then involve conducting experimentation with the manufacturing process to fabricate soft robotic articles and evaluate their performance. You will work alongside an existing Research Fellow, the academic leader, a PhD researcher, and technical staff.

This research will be undertaken within the Future Manufacturing Processes research group who have extensive experience of designing and building, and conducting research with, unique digitally-driven machinery. You will be integrated into our wider research team and benefit from specialist technical support. The experimental work will be conducted in our new state-of-the-art research laboratory.

Holding a PhD in engineering or a closely allied discipline, you will have a strong background in the development and use of apparatus and instrumentation to fabricate specialist devices. You will also have an enthusiastic, creative approach to your research and thrive on working with a team.

This is currently a fixed term position until 30 June 2018, but there is the possibility of contract continuation beyond this in conjunction with our wider portfolio of research.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Russell Harris, Future Manufacturing Processes Research Group

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2155 or email: r.harris@leeds.ac.uk

Further information

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Location: Leeds - Main Campus

School/Institute: School of Mechanical Engineering

Section: Future Manufacturing Processes

Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 30 June 2018 (Grant funding))

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