Salary: £29,799 to £38,833 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 9th February 2018
Closes: 11th March 2018
Fixed Term Contract for 12 Months
We are seeking a Research Fellow to provide technical IT and Business Model assistance in the delivery of a Innovate UK funded research project “IMPACT – Integrated Manufacture of Polymer and Conductive Tracks”, focussed on delivering disruptive step-change within the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) through the development of a novel 3D printer that combines deposition of polymer based materials and electrically conductive inks, taking a multi-planar build approach, significantly improving on many of the limitations associated with AM such as surface finish, geometrical tolerance and robustness. This method will also better lend itself to overcoming the challenges that exist when combining AM parts with electrically conductive ink and enable printing of electronic tracks in three dimensions. Additionally, this technology will be enhanced with a pick and place system capable of handling a series of electronic modules within a fixed envelope. The focus of this post will be adapting and developing further our 3D printer Network online platform (www.makeit-now.co.uk) (offline currently) which is similar to platforms like 3D Hubs (https://www.3dhubs.com/) in mobilising UK industry so that it can cost effectively develop new products and sensors associated with the Internet of Things (IoT), and have wider distributed manufacturing benefits in sectors such as aerospace, education and healthcare.
As a skilled researcher you will be experienced in IT and Software development (ideally Ruby-on-Rails) and an understanding or appreciation of different business models for on-line marketplaces. You may also have some experience of processing materials using AM techniques, such as Material Extrusion and Material Jetting, although this is not essential. You will have good written and verbal communications skills to help deliver our work to partners.
Contribution to laboratory meetings and project discussions will be a key requirement so good interpersonal skills, coupled with the ability to solve problems are a must.
You will have an honours degree and a doctorate level qualification in a relevant subject, and training and experience in software development. Please note that this is a collaborative project between the University and Industry and thus this role will require a willingness to travel throughout the UK to attend technical meetings at the partner locations.
In return, we will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,936 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,799 pa).