Research Associate for Chatty Factories

Lancaster, Lancashire (GB)
£28,331 to £32,817
Thursday, 28 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Monday, 13 January 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in Data-Driven Design for Advanced Manufacturing at the Imagination Lab in Lancaster University’s Institute for Contemporary Arts. 

You will conduct research within the EPSRC funded ‘Chatty Factories’ project (EP/R021031/1), which is a collaboration between Lancaster University, Cardiff, Bath, Nottingham and Edinburgh. The Chatty Factories project investigates novel uses of Internet-of-Things (IoT), robotic fabrication and data-driven technologies to build ‘Factories of the Future’. 

The first industrial revolution saw a transformation based on water and steam power. The second harnessed electricity to support mass production. The third used electronics and IT to innovate and automate. Now, the World Economic Forum defines the fourth industrial revolution as "a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres". This builds on the rapid growth of the third revolution to bring data, artificial intelligence and robotic fabrication systems to the forefront of the manufacturing industry.

The role will be dedicated to developing and evaluating new forms of computer-aided-design / generative 3D modelling tools that can leverage streams of IoT data and advanced data analytics to enhance and augment traditional product design cycles. 

This is an exciting role that offers significant growth potential for the right candidate.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr. Daniel Richards (Tel: +44 (0)1524 595 122. Email:

For general information about ImaginationLancaster and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and, please visit and 

For further details about the Chatty Factories project please see

This is a full time, fixed term appointment until 30 June 2021 in the first instance. 

Closing Date:   Monday 13 January 2020
Interview Date:   Tuesday 21 January 2020

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.