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Research Associate/Fellow in Design and Control of Mechatronics/Robotic (fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £26,495 to £38,833 per annum pro-rata
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Closes: 15th September 2018
Job Ref: ENG044518X2

Location: Jubilee Campus
Salary: £26,495 to £38,833 per annum pro-rata depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Interview Date: To be confirmed

Applications are invited for the above post within the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing and On-Wing University Technology Centre (see: in the Division of Manufacturing, Faculty of Engineering. The Department has an excellent international reputation for high quality theoretical and experimental research funded by EPSRC, DTI, EU and manufacturing industry.

The person appointed will be based in the area of mechatronics/robotics (i.e. walking hexapod and continuum robot) development for harsh environment, working on research projects funded by EPSRC and Innovate UK. Specifically, this research will focus on mechatronics/robotics design, kinematic analysis and developing control strategies of the robots for in-situ operations in constrained and hazardous environments/manufacturing working for aerospace component productions. In this role, you will be at the forefront of research that offers significant technological challenge and innovation, with an aim to improving quality in mechatronics/robotics applications within nuclear and aerospace industry. As a result, this position offers the opportunity for close collaboration with industrial partners (e.g. Rolls-Royce). The opportunity to participate in some teaching activities is available for those wishing to pursue an academic career.

Candidates must possess a good knowledge of design, kinematic analysis, control solutions related to mechatronics/robotics and demonstrate strong evidence of developing their own software (in MATLAB, C++ and/or LabVIEW) to control such systems. Previous expertise in developing customised mechatronics/robotics (e.g. for manipulation/surveillance) would be preferable.

Apart from being capable to lead the research work on this project, good communication, presentation/reporting and publishing skills are required for the person appointed to effectively interact with the international academic and industrial partners involved in this demanding research project. In addition to carrying out project work, the researcher will benefit from exposure to internationally leading industrial companies that are interested in the results of this project and willing to collaborate on spin-put individual projects.

Candidates must possess a good first degree in mechatronics/mechanical/engineering or related disciplines, and preferably a PhD degree in mechatronics/robotics.

This full time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 2 years. Applications for job share will also be accepted. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Dragos Axinte, tel: 0115 9514117 or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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