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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Self-Engineering Systems

City, University of London - School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering - Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics

Location: London
Salary: £44,559 to £53,174
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd May 2019
Closes: 20th June 2019
Job Ref: 60028180

City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (35% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: it has recently agreed a new Vision & Strategy 2026. Founded in 1894, City is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering is a multi-disciplinary centre of research and education located in the heart of London’s vibrant design community. It is proud of its research advances and of educating thousands of undergraduates and postgraduates in STEM subjects.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics is ranked fourth in London by the Guardian and offers several BEng, MEng and MSc courses. Its research is conducted in two multi-disciplinary Research Centres: the Aerodynamics and Flow Control Research Centre; and the Thermofluids Research Centre.

The school is seeking to appoint an outstanding Research Fellow in the field of Self-Engineering Systems.

The successful candidate will investigate self-engineering system design methodologies using biological inspiration for zero-maintenance, develop working prototypes and support development of the research theme with new funding and industry partners. In addition, some time will be spent in supporting existing research projects on through-life engineering services.

In safety-critical (e.g. aerospace, nuclear), inaccessible (e.g. space, offshore) and productivity-critical (e.g. machine tool) environments, there is a need for consolidated and ambitious research that focuses on enabling large mechanical engineering systems with a level of self-diagnosis and self-fix, if not self-immobilisation, to prevent more serious damage and catastrophic breakdowns. An ideal self-engineering system capable of repairing itself with in-built capability without the need for human decision or intervention could achieve 'zero maintenance' and therefore reduce the through-life cost. This is very much the process how human body heals and repairs itself up to a point. This research learns from biology to innovate engineering systems.

Person Specification
A PhD in Engineering, Computer Science, or closely related field, with research experience or training related to design and development of mechanical engineering systems is essential.

Research experience in prototype mechanical systems building and testing, and research proposal writing and industry partnership development are highly desirable. Engineering design skills with good computing skill are also essential.

Additional Information
City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 11:59pm 20th June 2019.

This post has funding for 3 years.

Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity.

Academic excellence for business and the professions.

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