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Technical Research Officer in Laser Processing

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences - School of Mechanical Engineering

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 25th January 2019
Job Ref: 80458

Fixed Term – up to to 30 September 2021

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

This post will be part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

The University of Birmingham has been awarded funding from ESIF and its partners to form a Smart Factory Hub (SmartFub). There is a need for a highly qualified Technical Research Officer at the University to support the establishment of industrially relevant SmartFub Demonstrators and the take up of digital technologies to enable high-value and sustainable manufacturing via a range of technology transfer channels and collaborations within SmartFub. Working closely with researchers and industry partners at the University of Birmingham and beyond, the successful applicant will assist businesses in developing new products and processes by conducting technology audits, feasibility studies and industry-focused R&D projects. The successful applicant will be using state-of-art advanced manufacturing facilities already available at the University and will also be involved in the development of the Smart Factory Physical Demonstrator that will complement and extend the existing capabilities in digital technologies for additive/subtractive manufacturing, surface engineering and Industry 4.0 enabled smart factories.

The post will be based in the School of Engineering at Birmingham although the post holder will be expected to work on locations from time to time.  The role will also involve collaboration with SMEs therefore, the ability to interact with external commercial organisations is a prerequisite for this position.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • To hold a relevant first degree or masters in Mechanical, Materials or Manufacturing Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent experience.
  • To hold or be close to completion of a PhD or EngD in Mechanical, Materials or Manufacturing Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent experience
  • Post graduate practitioner experience in laser processing, hybrid manufacturing processes, inspection and characterisation methods, CAD/CAM tools and process modelling through either industrial or post doctoral academic positions.
  • Experience of supervision and management of research students and projects.
  • High level of competence and experience in laser processing, e.g. laser ablation technology, modelling of laser-material interactions, designing laser-based manufacturing solutions, the use of different surface characterization/ measurement technologies for process optimization
  • High level of competence in planning and conducting complex empirical studies
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Ability to summarise complex concepts and communicate them appropriately for a range of audiences.
  • Ability to plan, manage and prioritise own workload, respond to changing priorities and deliver innovative solutions to deadlines
  • Good client relationship management and interpersonal skills and an ability to work closely with other people at all levels of seniority.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the higher education research environment, knowledge transfer practices, funding streams, research functions and markets.

Closing date: 25 January 2019                         Reference: 80458

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