RA - Physical & Digital Validation of Multifunctional Materials & Manufacturing

Loughborough University

United Kingdom

September 25, 2022

Description

Job title

RA - Physical & Digital Validation of Multifunctional Materials & Manufacturing

Job reference

REQ221062

Date posted

23/08/2022

Application closing date

25/09/2022

Location

Loughborough

Package

Specialist and Supporting Academic Research grade 6 from £32348 per annum. Subject to annual pay award

Job description

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Full Time, Fixed Term for 24 months

Research Associate in the Physical and Digital Validation of Multifunctional Materials and Manufacturing

80% of the costs of realising a product is in validation of prototypes (physical or cyber). It is often common that the decision to progress from concepts to prototype is taken without a complete set of information, leading to risk and often wasted resources. Wouldn't it be great to have an “engine” that could guide the design stage, informed by better quality and comprehensive know-how of manufacturing? Would it make sense to carry out cyber-physical validations before committing to a final design? This would lead to right-first time product realisation, with savings in capital investment, efficiencies in time and minimising waste and resources consumed.

This research post falls within the EPSRC Programme Grant ‘RIED' (Re- Imagining Engineering Design) https: // www. lboro.ac.uk/news- events/news/2021/june/cyber-seed-reid-project/, a multi-institute project investigating new concepts for high-value manufacturing.

Our school is a top-ten rated for research impact with 96% of research world leading or internationally excellent (REF2021). In choosing Loughborough you'll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field and will have developmental opportunities to further you in your career.

We are seeking applicants with a profound interest in the manufacture and validation of high performing multifunctional products. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team, including industrial collaborators. This post will expose the candidate to a myriad of new techniques and much sought-after skills demanded by academia and Industry, including:

  • Design of experiments, data harvesting/analysis and interpretation of results to derive insight.
  • Modelling techniques at the macro scale, that can inform the direction of experimental activity (e.g. finite element simulations and numerical computations)
  • Development of novel processing manufacturing techniques that allow the realisation of new design solutions
  • Physical, mechanical and materials characterisation techniques
  • Management techniques, scaffolded by the ‘Investing in People' initiative to support professional development of Researchers.
  • Find out more:

    https: // www. lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2021/june/cyber-seed-reid-project/

    https: // www. lboro.ac.uk/departments/meme/staff/paul-conway/

    https: // www. lboro.ac.uk/departments/meme/staff/carmen-torres-sanchez/

    https: // www. lboro.ac.uk/departments/meme/research/high-value-manufacturing/

    https: // carmentorressanchez.wordpress.com/

    Informal Enquiries:

    Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Paul Conway, Principal Investigator by email at p.p.conway@lboro.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 (0) 1509 227 505 or to Dr Carmen Torres-Sánchez, Principal Investigator by email at c.torres@lboro.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 (0) 1509 227 518

    Application closing date: 25 September 2022

    Please follow this link for further details

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    The history of Loughborough University can be traced back to the establishment of a small technical institute in 1909. Originally, Loughborough University of Technology provided education only in technical subjects like art and science. The university was given its current...