Senior Mechatronics Engineer, Centre for Doctoral Training
College of Science Executive Office
Salary: From £33,199 per annum
This post is full time at 37 hours per week, and fixed term util 30th September 2027.
Closing Date: Monday 06 May 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed
The University of Lincoln has been awarded a prestigious Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Agri-Food Robotics, funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The University of Lincoln is the lead partner in the ‘AgriFoRwArdS’ CDT, which also involves two other major UK Universities (Cambridge and UEA). The Centre will focus on Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) technologies, which will advance the start of the art by creating the largest global cohort of RAS specialists and leaders focused on the Agri-Food sector. All students will follow a common foundational year, studying on the MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Lincoln, then carry out their PhD studies at either Lincoln, Cambridge or East Anglia. An ongoing, integrated research training programme will take place throughout the MSc and PhD phases, including collaborative robotics projects with industry partners.
We are therefore seeking to appoint a Senior Mechatronics Engineer to provide specialist technical support to the staff and students in the CDT. The postholder will play a leading role in the co-design and building of robotic equipment for student projects in collaboration with the agri-food industry, and be responsible for maintaining and operating the Centre’s fleet of robots and associated research equipment. An essential part of the role will be the support and facilitation of key doctoral training events and training programmes, including workshops, summer schools, demonstrations and a wide variety of research projects, in both laboratory and field environments such as farms and food factories.
The role will involve working to tight deadlines and contact with a variety of stakeholders internal and external to the College, including senior academics, research staff and students, and industrial partners. Additional support of allied activities within the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems may also be required on an ad-hoc basis.
As a member of a small team, the post holder will be expected to undertake duties in an independent manner without the need for close supervision and be able to demonstrate significant initiative and innovation. The post holder should have a proven track record and/or qualifications in engineering, including extensive knowledge and skills in mechanical and mechatronic systems, and excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills, as required to support a multi-partner project as well as meeting the needs of individual students.