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Research Fellow in Health Management of Earth Moving Equipment

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£37,337 to £38,312 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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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 24 months
Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 to £38,312 per annum
Apply by: 12/03/2024

Role Description

We welcome applications from passionate, skilled, and committed individuals to join our team and contribute to this exciting new project on earth handling equipment.

About the Role

The purpose of this post is to support and deliver to an industry funded project, led by a major company involved with earth moving in open cast mines. You will be responsible for the development of a real-time Bayesian machine-learning-based prognostic method able to track and predict the state of health (SoH) of a front loader's (CAT 994) critical subsystem as a function of time, conditional on different possible future usage profiles. The SoH indicator for this critical subsystem must be inferred from multi-modal sources of information (including geo-localization, environmental and operational data, inspection and maintenance reports, and lubricant analyses) using state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms. Prognostic algorithms should provide real-time information on the probability of critical failures for the subsystem as a function of time. The data will be provided by the sponsor. You will also be responsible for managing the research tasks, organising project meetings, writing project deliverables and coordinating research activities and will need excellent interpersonal skills.

About You

You will be educated to doctoral level in a relevant subject and have experience of applied research, preferably with delivery to a customer. With excellent communication skills, verbal and written, you will be able to manage a project.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

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Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                    

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Ian Jennions on (T): +1 650 489 8973 or (E):

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4751.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 March 2024


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