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Research Associate

University of Bath - Mechanical Engineering

Location: Bath
Salary: £35,333 to £42,155 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th September 2022
Closes: 16th October 2022
Job Ref: CF9870

SOC Code - Visa Requirements: 2119

Interview Date: To be confirmed

We are seeking an outstanding researcher to join an exciting research project led by Airbus on manufacturing of large aircraft parts using different metal additive manufacturing processes and carry out research in the area of deterministic and stochastic cost modelling for different viable manufacturing processes. You will join a diverse team of researchers at the Manufacturing Group at the Department of Mechanical engineering. 

About the role

In this project, the capabilities of new and emerging manufacturing processes at partner companies for producing a selection of large aircraft components will be investigated. This is an outstanding opportunity to apply your engineering and analytical skills and gain valuable experience in a highly innovative project in collaboration with 17 leading industrial partners. You will be responsible for analysing different manufacturing processes, identifying cost drivers and process times, determine resources used and develop a deterministic and a stochastic model for each process. This can be accompanied with discrete event simulation of the processes and the manufacturing chain towards developing the digital twin of the manufacturing system. The aim is to make a set of tools for informed decision making on selecting appropriate manufacturing scenarios based on the manufacturing cost and lead time.

This role is fixed-term full time for an expected duration of 26 months.

About you

We expect applicants to possess a PhD in relevant subject area such as mechanical engineering, mathematics, computer science, etc. and research experience in academia or industry.

Essential requirements:

  • Deterministic and stochastic mathematical modelling
  • Coding in Matlab, Python or other programmes
  • Familiarity with costing methods
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills with a track record of publication in academic journals

More about the project

The current manufacturing methods for large aircraft components do not enable the desired competitiveness when considering exploitation for the Next-Generation and Zero Emissions aircrafts with shortened development time, high production rates and high early product maturity expectations. In addition, some of these aircraft components are not manufactured in the UK. With the aim of reducing the costs and carbon footprint for manufacturing parts by 30%, we need to develop a UK ecosystem capable of manufacturing these components via innovative manufacturing methods such as additive manufacturing. In this project, the technological and economical viability of a number of different manufacturing methods and techniques will be investigated. This will involve design, pre-processing, producing and postprocessing of these components.

For informal enquiries contact Dr Alborz Shokrani (a.shokrani@bath.ac.uk) or Prof Linda Newnes  (enslbn@bath.ac.uk).

We are one of the leading Mechanical Engineering Departments in the UK, and provide a progressive academic environment. You will benefit from the supportive, collaborative and well-organised Department and Faculty system at the University. We are a welcoming Department dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all to study and work in. We have a reputation for outstanding teaching, innovative research and collaborative links with industry. The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award, is a leading research and teaching Department. You will join the Manufacturing group within the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Centre. The academics in the Centre are leading in the field of Design and Manufacturing and in the last year have been successful with over £6M in EPSRC funding. The Centre is based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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