Lead Researcher in Robotic and Systems Engineering

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Deadline: 02 May 2017

Closing Date
Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
Job Type
£29301 to £38183 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

Applications are invited for the above post within The Rolls-Royce Manufacturing and On-Wing University Technology Centre (UTC) at the University of Nottingham, part of the Faculty ofEngineering, Manufacturing.

The Department of Manufacturing has an excellent international reputation for high quality theoretical and experimental research funded by EPSRC, DTI, EU, INNOVATE UK and industry companies.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced post-doc researcher to play a leading role in research projects in advanced robotic systems for repair and machining in restrained and hazardous environments.

Working in close collaboration with internationally leading partners from both academia and industry, the MCM aims to research and demonstrate a very novel concept of advanced robotised machines able to perform in-situ repair/maintenance works within complex/intricate industrial installations. The achievement of these research goals is underpinned by the preliminary work that is been evolving in recent years with Rolls-Royce in the area of tooling for in-situ repairs of dense installations.
The candidate must possess a good knowledge of kinematic analysis, actuation solutions related to mechatronics/robotics, 3D simulation, point clouds capturing and analysis, computer vision, remote teleoperations, and demonstrate strong evidence of developing their own stand-alone software (in Matlab, C++) to control such systems and interact with images, 3D models and point clouds. Previous expertise in developing customised robotic systems (e.g. for manipulation/surveillance, telerobotics, phase measurement and stereovision inspection) would be preferable.

Apart from being capable to lead the research group in robotics and automated manufacturing systems, good communication, presentation/reporting and publishing skills are required for the person appointed to effectively interact with the international academic and industrial partners. The researcher will benefit from exposure to internationally leading industrial companies that are interested in the results of UTC projects work and willing to collaborate on spin-out individual projects.

Candidates must possess a PhD in mechanical, electronics engineering or related field of mechanical engineering and preferably a PhD degree in robotics/mechatronics. 

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 1 year.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. D Axinte, tel: +44 (0)115 951 4117 or email: dragos.axinte@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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