Senior Manufacturing Engineer (104419)

University of Strathclyde - Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established near Glasgow’s International Airport. The AFRC is the embodiment of a £65 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners seeking to establish a world-leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.

The AFRC is seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Manufacturing Engineer to lead and manage delivery of high value research and knowledge exchange programmes, and develop AFRC manufacturing capability. This will involve the candidate anticipating the direction of manufacturing capability to develop and enhance manufacturing processes through experimental research activity. The candidate will also be able to lead on and contribute to high value industrial funding proposals. The post holder will be expected to work between the AFRC and its industrial partners and there will be a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange.

To achieve the above, the Senior Manufacturing Engineer will require significant research and/or industrial experience in at least one of the following technical areas:

  • Sheet Forming, with particular reference to superplastic forming – the AFRC owns £14m of industrial-scale plant: including two superplastic forming presses, screw presses, servo presses, furnaces, CNC machining, flow forming, shear forming, rotary forging, press-brake forming etc.
  • Engineering design – tool and process design, including design for manufacture, CAD/CAM, and the development of design methodologies.
  • New technology development and data analysis – the AFRC has a range of automation, control and instrumentation systems deployed both in-house and at customer facilities, and our engineers work to support experimental trials at the AFRC and off site to collate and analyse production data from a range of systems.
  • Numerical simulation – we currently use a range of software including Abaqus, Deform, Qform, PAM-STAMP and Ansys to simulate forming and forging processes and heat transfer problems. We develop new simulation frameworks and constitutive models, in addition to physical validation and verification experiments.

An awareness of more than one area of AFRC engineering capability is desirable for the role.

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree and PhD for example in mechanical/materials engineering or design engineering. We are also interested in candidates with equivalent industrial experience. The post holder will have an established track record in leading the delivery of engineering solutions in an industrial context, as well as experience of taking a leading role in research and development of manufacturing processes.

The post holder will have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise own workload with minimal inputs from higher management, and deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. The post holder will also need significant experience of project planning and delivery, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and academia. Lastly, the post holder will be required to make a significant contribution to the administrative activities of the AFRC including the membership/chair of relevant committees and acting in senior departmental/school administrative positions.

Initial interviews have been scheduled for 14/02/2018.

For informal enquiries, please contact Nicola Zuelli, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, n.zuelli@strath.ac.uk, Tel 0141 534 5558

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