Research Fellow in Control and Automation for Additive Manufacture

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£32,656 to £36,399 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £45,499 per annum
27 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period 3 years
Salary £32,656 to £36,399 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £45,499 per annum
Posted Date 26/03/2019
Apply by 28/04/2019

Role Description

The Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre (WELPC) has been at the forefront of welding and Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM) for over fifty years pioneering new techniques and material applications. We have a large research activity (≈ £1.2 million per annum) which is funded from both government and industrial sources.  Cranfield University is currently a world leader in WAAM having pioneered new methods and techniques to successfully build large scale parts up to 6 m long.

As a consequence of this successful research activity we have recently been awarded a large £5.7m project funded by EPSRC entitled New Wire Additive Manufacture (NEWAM). This project will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Manchester (materials), University of Strathclyde (NDT) and Coventry University (structural integrity). The project’s vision is to transform metal additive manufacture, by pioneering new high build rate wire-based processes to produce net-shape large-scale engineering structures. 

We are now seeking to recruit a Research Fellow who will work co-operatively with the other team members to strengthen the process control capabilities of the centre and for the benefit of this grant. In particular you will:

  • Design the overall control system, integrate and interface the process monitoring sensors for the multi-energy source AM system
  • Develop control method and algorithms for the wire based multi-energy source deposition system and implement them into control software
  • Support other researchers with integrated process monitoring and control

You will be expected to carry out high quality research which will result in the production of high quality papers. Good interpersonal skills will be necessary to liaise with work colleagues and academic partners involved in the NEWAM project.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in Robotics, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Software Engineering or relevant discipline (or equivalent). In return, you will join a centre and team working at the forefront of WAAM and have excellent opportunities to develop yourself and make a major contribution in this area.

You should have a demonstrable track record of high quality research or technical development. Previous experience of student supervision, and writing of research proposals would also be an advantage, but not essential.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Jialuo Ding, Principal Research Fellow in Additive Manufacture, on (E);

At Cranfield, we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.

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