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Research Assistant/Associate in Soft Robotics Sensing and Self-Healing (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th January 2019
Closes: 21st February 2019
Job Ref: NM17918

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering to work on an EU funded project Self-Healing Soft Robotics (SHERO). The post is for 18 months with the possibility of extension.

The SHERO project aims to develop self-healing functional materials for the use in soft robotics applications. Based on the theoretical and technological bases developed, we aim to develop soft robotic platforms that can demonstrate the basic functionalities and advantages. For these purposes, the post holder is expected to conduct investigations and development of functional materials, soft robot platforms as well as dissemination of achievements through various communication channels. There will be collaboration with project partners which requires smooth communication and team work.

The post holder will help to support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The successful candidate will join the Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab in the Department of Engineering, and will be expected to make a contribution to excellence in research. The role holder will participate in the overall contribution of the department/faculty, as appropriate.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are a first degree in a relevant discipline and a PhD degree (or about to be awarded a PhD degree) in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, material science, or a related area; Expertise is sought in (one or more of) the following areas: biologically inspired robotics, soft robotics, modelling and simulation of biological systems, soft matter modelling and analysis.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level in the first instance, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Salary Ranges:  Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395; Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter (including research statement and complete list of publications) in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Lina Zvaginyte ¿ Bagociene, email (Tel +44 1223 332711)

Please quote reference NM17918 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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