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Research Associate

Lancaster University - School of Engineering

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £31,396 to £36,024 (Full time, indefinite with end date contract)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th February 2024
Closes: 3rd March 2024
Job Ref: 1352-23-R

Location: Bailrigg

Interview date: To be confirmed

We wish to appoint a talented researcher to undertake advanced research in the field of process monitoring and optimisation of metal additive manufacturing, part of the collaborative project “Intelligent Advanced Additive Manufacturing - Enabling Dynamic Process Efficiency (iAM-3DPO)” with multiple industrial partners funded under Innovate UK. 

The iAM-3DPO project aims to address this using a multidisciplinary approach by implementing an advanced laser system, coupling real-time data acquisition from optimised optical and thermal monitoring systems, with a data-driven approach that uses modularized AM data, cloud-based computing, machine learning, and adaptive machine process parameter control to achieve zero-distortion, zero-defects builds. The advanced AM process technology and adaptable optimisation approach will result in cost reduction, higher material utilization, improved quality assurance, product customization and reduced design cycle times in the AM process chain.

Lancaster University as one partner of the entire project, will focus on process optimisation and the integration of all the developed modules in different WPs and perform the industrial trials in each of the use cases targeted. Your required tasks include: 

  1. Develop AI-based process monitoring module using various sensors for defect detection
  2. Build effective process optimisation algorithms to optimise process parameters
  3. Integration of monitoring data, optimisation techniques and control module in LPBF AM platform.
  4. Testing and trial of iAM-3DPO in manufacturing of metal product samples.
  5. Performance verification and final customisation of iAM-3DPO system.
  6. Writing reports for related tasks and publications 

You must hold a MSc or PhD in a relevant discipline, and related academic or industrial experience at post-doctoral or commensurate level is highly desirable; excellent team-working and communication skills are also required. 

The position is available to engineers/data scientists with experience of implementing data analytics in a manufacturing environment.

You will join us on a full-time, indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is until 30/09/2024.

Lancaster University is campus-based and located near the Lake district in the north-west of England; the University also enjoys excellent public transport and national rail links. Lancaster is just one hour from international airports at Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. The town and the region are home to a variety of schools and excellent public transport and national rail links. A wide selection of facilities is available on campus including a large variety of social facilities, eateries, a new sports centre, and a highly regarded pre-school centre.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups; we are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on a personal basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr Ziwei Wang: z.wang82@lancaster.ac.uk or Prof Darren Williams, darren.williams@twi.co.uk

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