Technical Research Officer - School of Engineering - 80462 - Grade 7 -
School of Engineering
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £31,406 to £40,927 with
potential progression once in post to £43,434
Full Time, Fixed Term Contract, up to June 2023
Closing Date: 6th February 2022
The University of Birmingham has been awarded funding from ESIF and its
partners to form a Smart Factory Hub (SmartFub). The Hub is led by Professor
Stefan Dimov and has state-of-the-art facilities in the Schools of Engineering
and Metallurgy and Materials on Birmingham's Edgbaston campus.
There is a need for a highly qualified Technical Research Officer at the
University to support the establishment of industrially relevant SmartFub
Demonstrators and the take up of digital technologies to enable high-value and
sustainable manufacturing via a range of technology transfer channels and
collaborations within Project. Working closely with researchers and industry
partners at the University of Birmingham and beyond, the successful applicant
will assist businesses in developing new products and processes by conducting
technology audits, feasibility studies and industry-focused R&D projects. The
successful applicant will be using state-of-art advanced manufacturing
facilities already available at the University and will also be involved in
the development of the Smart Factory Physical Demonstrator that will
complement and extend the existing capabilities in digital technologies for
additive/subtractive manufacturing, surface engineering and Industry 4.0
enabled smart factories.
The post will be based in the School of Metallurgy & Materials at Birmingham
although the post holder will be expected to work on locations from time to
time. The role will also involve collaboration with SMEs in Greater Birmingham
and Solihull, Coventry & Warwickshire, Black Country and Stoke & Staffordshire
Local Enterprise Partnership areas. Therefore, the ability to interact with
external commercial organisations is a prerequisite for this position.
To conduct technology audits, scoping studies and demonstration projects
on characterisation and development of Additive Manufacturing (AM)
solutions to address specific industry requirements;
To design, implement and validate hybrid processing solutions that
integrate AM with complementary manufacturing technologies.
Demonstration and application of these solutions to manufacturing issues
and challenges relevant to the SmartFub stakeholders, notably partner
companies and SMEs in all LEP areas supported by the project.
To carry out a quantitative analysis of parameters affecting laser-
material interactions, e.g. materials' microstructure, built rates,
residual stresses, quality, etc., in AM;
To develop new applications for the AM technology by working closely with
colleagues within the SmatFub partnership.
Working with the Business Engagement Manager, Project Manager and Academic
Theme Leaders in the delivery of business assists and knowledge transfer
Identifying new manufacturing and automation methods and techniques
arising from their work or that of co-workers which may provide sources of
new intellectual property;
Contributing to the writing of bids for future work in the SmartFub themes
and delivery of resulting collaborative projects;
Providing appropriate training to beneficiaries of SmartFub to enable them
to implement and apply the digital manufacturing technologies, techniques
and methodologies developed and demonstrated by the project;
Preparation of reports, publications, training material, presentations and
web content suitable for both academic and end user SME users;
Dissemination of the results produced by the project using appropriate and
effective media such as publication, seminars etc.
To support the project management and leadership by:
Contributing to the planning and execution of feasibility studies and
technology development programme and/or specific research activities;
Preparing papers and presentations for management groups and other bodies;
Undertaking related management/administration required to deliver the
research and development objectives;
Analysing and interpreting the results of own research and generating
ideas based on outcomes of benefit to the sustainability of SmartFub;
Providing guidance to other staff and partners on laser processing and its
integration with other manufacturing technologies;
Maintaining accurate and auditable time recording assigned to specific
project work packages.
Undertaking other duties, as necessary and when these arise, as directed
by Team leaders within the project.
High level of competence and experience in laser-based additive
manufacturing technologies (laser powder bed or direct laser
deposition), finite element modelling of laser-material interactions,
topology optimisation, designing laser-based manufacturing solutions,
powder characterisation, the use of different microstructural and
mechanical properties characterisation techniques.
High level of competence in planning and conducting complex empirical
Ability to communicate complex information clearly
Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to
contribute to developing new ones
Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader
Ability to summarise complex issues/concepts and present them
appropriately for a range of audiences.
Ability to plan, manage and prioritise own workload, respond to changing
priorities and deliver innovative solutions to deadlines maintaining a
consistently high standard of service and meeting client needs.
Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-functional team across
Good client relationship management and interpersonal skills and an
ability to work closely with other people at all levels of seniority, both
within and outside the University.
Good communication skills: oral, written and presentational.
Understanding of the higher education research environment, its research
functions and markets.
Understanding of academic research and knowledge transfer practices,
funding streams and motivations.
To hold a relevant first degree or masters in Mechanical, Materials,
Physics, or Manufacturing Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent
To hold a PhD or EngD in Mechanical, Materials or Manufacturing
Engineering or related disciplines.
Post graduate practitioner experience in laser processing, inspection and
materials characterisation methods, CAD/CAM tools, and finite element-
based process modelling through either industrial or postdoctoral academic
Experience of supervision and management of research students and
Informal enquiries to Moataz Mahmoud Attallah, email: M.M.Attallah@bham.ac.uk
Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and
welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to
discussions around all forms of flexible working.
: Academic Non-clinical
: 27.01.2022, 7:00:00 AM
Grade (for job description): Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis)
Advert Close Date
: 07.02.2022, 6:59:00 AM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 30.06.2023