Research Associate, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
07 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
09 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

General Details

Position Code: Research Associate: 8800694
Position Type: Project Based (Fixed Term)
Position Duration: 01/02/2023  to 31/12/2023
Position Title: Research Associate / Assistant
Project Title: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Project Supervisor: Dr Yahya Zweiri
Academic Department:  Aerospace Engineering
Relevant Research Center: Advanced Research & Innovation Center (ARIC)
Technical Keywords: Industrial Revolution, Automation, Autonomous Systems, Additive Manufacturing

About Khalifa University

Khalifa University is ranked 181st in the QS World University Rankings 2023, and the top University in the UAE, with a range of research and academic programs designed to address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing our rapidly evolving world.

Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and around the world. Our research and academic activities cover a broad range of disciplines in engineering, science and medicine through our three colleges.

Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors. The University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories  “verticals” and “horizontals”  which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.

KU’s focus sectors are Clean and Renewable Energy, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Water and Environment, Healthcare, Aerospace, and Supply Chain and Logistics. Research in these sectors is enhanced by our research platforms of Robotics, AI and Data Science, Information and Communication Technologies, and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing as well as Fundamental Sciences.

Position Overview

KU is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate / Assistant to work at the Advanced Research and Innovation Center in collaboration with Mubadala. The aim of this project is to investigate the advanced technologies such as: additive manufacturing, digital solutions, and materials processing, in line with the UAE’s fourth industrial revolution requirements. As part of the center, successful candidates will monitor and maintain an organized, clean and safe working environment in the lab and will oversee all digital manufacturing equipment. The candidate will also contribute to the research work of the team and advise faculty and students on all aspects of technical support services.

As part of the project, the researcher will have access to state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the Advanced Research and Innovation Center ( and will get an opportunity to work alongside researchers and graduate students from various backgrounds as part of a wider team.


Position Requirements

  • Oversee and maintain manufacturing equipment in ARIC, including: 3D printers, autoclaves, robotic manipulators, EOS M400-4, Bandsaw, Shot Peening and Heat Treatment (post-process)..
  • Ensure Additive Manufacturing lab equipment is operational to the maximum extent possible and improve operations through efficient use of existing equipment.
  • Trouble shooting and problem solving associated with manufacturing difficulties, through design and operation.
  • Design and fabricate parts using additive manufacturing and machinery, as needed by the research team.
  • Maintain liaison with investigators, research personnel and staff to solve specific operating problems and improve technical activities
  • Monitor and maintain an organized, clean, and safe working environment in labs and ensures compliance with work related legal, health and safety standards.
  • Ensure that the lab and any conducted experiments adhere to safety regulations and standards.
  • Support graduate and undergraduate students conducting relevant research projects.
  • Adhere to the University's information security and confidentiality policies and procedures, and report breaches or other security risks accordingly
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the Line Manager

Candidate Profile

Essential Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university in Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline (master’s degree preferred)
  • Experience with additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies
  • Experience in mechanical design and fabrication using CNC machinery
  • Experience in programming with Python
  • Experience in operating robotic manipulators
  • Experience of undertaking assigned research tasks and starting to manage own workload
  • A willingness to contribute to a collaborative and supportive team culture
  • Excellent English language communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to function as part of a team working on multiple tasks with competing demands and deadlines
  • Well-developed reasoning and problem-solving skills

Desired Criteria

  • Masters gained from and/or experience working in a top 200 QS or THE ranked University
  • At least 2 years of increasingly accountable relevant experience as a researcher or engineer in academia or in industry
  • At least 1 lead author publication in a Q1 journal in the relevant field
  • Experience contributing to high impact publications in top 10% journals in the relevant field

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: Khalifa University - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Job: Research Associate
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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