Research Assistant (Additive manufacturing), UCD

25 May 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Assistant (Additive manufacturing), UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 6 months

The I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre was established by Science Foundation Ireland in late 2017 with a mission to shape the future of manufacturing through high-impact research into the application of digital technologies to materials processing. The Centre is applying developments in digital technologies to materials processing in order to improve understanding, modelling and control of the manufacturing process, thus increasing the competitiveness of Irish industry. I-Form brings together expertise in materials science, engineering, data analytics and cognitive computing. One of our key materials processing demonstrators is the area of Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing which has the potential to disrupt traditional manufacturing and create new and individualised in areas such as medical devices, aerospace and pharmaceuticals. I-Form operates in close collaboration with a network of companies, as well as leading manufacturing research centres from around the globe and over the course of its first phase will recruit a multi-disciplinary team of over 100 PhD and Post-Doctoral researchers. The Centre is hosted in University College Dublin with partners and researchers based in Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, IT Sligo and Waterford IT.

A Research Assistant is required to work on the printing of both polymer and continuous fibre composites by Additive Manufacturing (AM). The aim is to print prototype parts for use in medical device and pharmaceutical industries. The aim is to print prototype parts for testing and to evaluate as to how printing conditions influence the performance of the resulting polymer and composite mechanical and material properties. Evaluation of the printed components will be carried out in conjunction with end user companies. The research work will include a comprehensive materials characterisation study to evaluate properties such as surface energy, morphology, surface chemistry and mechanical strength.

Applications are sought from excellent candidates with a background in some, or all, of the above areas. This position will involve significant interaction with the project's industrial partners. This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.

The purpose of this role is to provide research support to the I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre project. This is an excellent opportunity to further develop their research skills and competencies.

Salary: €22,609 -€32,697 per annum
Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 2nd June 2020

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.