Senior Project Officer ASTUTE East Manufacturing

Swansea University - Engineering

The normal expectation is that the successful applicant will be appointed to the minimum of the agreed scale with annual increments on 1 October each year (subject to completing six months service).

Main Purpose of the Post

The ASTUTE EAST (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) operation has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and the participating Higher Education Institutions. ASTUTE EAST is designed to stimulate growth in East Wales by applying advanced engineering technologies to manufacturing challenges driving cutting-edge research and innovation, enabling projects with manufacturing companies, to generate sustainable, higher value goods and services and bring them to a global market.

Digital Manufacturing Technologies


The main purpose of the post will be to carry out applied research, develop and deliver collaborative R&D projects with manufacturing companies in Wales and manage research staff in areas related to Digital Manufacturing Technologies: 

  • Robotics
  • Additive Manufacturing (Metals and Polymers)
  • Data Science and Digital Manufacturing
  • Computational Engineering Modelling

Swansea University is creating an expanded team of researchers to carry out applied research work with Welsh manufacturing companies.

This will be part of an operation entitled ASTUTE EAST (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) which will focus on applied research with companies in East Wales. A separate team (ASTUTE 2020) is already in place to collaborate with companies in West Wales and the Valleys, and you will share expertise and experience as you work in parallel with this group. ASTUTE has followed a successful formula for operation since 2010 and has earned a strong reputation for the quality and high impact of its industrial collaboration. You may also be partially seconded to ASTUTE 2020 for agreed times to make your expertise available to this team. ASTUTE EAST and ASTUTE 2020 have been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Staff will be based in the College of Engineering at the purpose built Bay Campus which opened in 2015.

All project staff will be expected to work in teams with other ASTUTE EAST employees, academics and company employees with a variety of manufacturing companies (SMEs and larger enterprises) on engineering projects that range from 1-2 weeks to 2-3 years in length.

Senior Project Officers at Grade 9 will be expected to act as the applied research and technical leaders for collaborative projects with manufacturing companies. In addition to a PhD qualification or equivalent, they will be expected to have considerable research experience in at least one of the above areas.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Johann Sienz

Interview Date: TBC

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