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Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) RAMONA EPSRC Project

Surrey, United Kingdom
£36,024 to £44,263 per annum depending on experience
Closing date
1 Jul 2024

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £36,024 to £44,263 per annum depending on experience  
Fixed Term Contract until 30/09/2024
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 01 July 2024
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference:  023724-R

Surrey Business School is a leading business school ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 by subject. Our results in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 place us 19th overall in the UK, 10th in the UK for research outputs and 16th in the UK for research impact. The School’s strengths are particularly in digital innovation and technological transformation, international business, leadership and organizational psychology, and business analytics.

We are seeking to recruit a UK based individual short-term, post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) to provide one deliverable. You will be part of a research project, named “Responsive Additive Manufacture to Overcome Natural and Attack-based disruption(RAMONA) funded through a Responsive Manufacturing research grant EP/V051040/1 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The University of Surrey and Bristol University Business School are developing the work on resilient supply chain for additive manufacturing for the project.

If interested please do apply immediately as we will undertake interviews on a rolling basis and recruit when we find a suitable candidate.

Due to the short-term nature of the position, we cannot support visa applications and only those already in the UK with permission to work in the UK can be considered.

What you’ll be doing 

You will ideally have expertise in Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFS), additive manufacturing, supply chain visibility, resilient supply. The research objective for this role is to produce a paper. This includes literature review of PUFS for supply chain visibility. Then working with partners at Warwick University, understand how the PUFS they employ may be secured using a blockchain system to provide resilience in supply chains. The work is integrative across the project (AM tagged objects, cyber security, and modelling supply chain resilience), which together enables a resilient responsive additive manufacturing system to detect and respond to internal and external factors caused by malicious or natural events.

  • You will need to be skilled in literature review
  • Understand PUFS, supply chain and additive manufacture
  • Working in close collaboration with Professor Parry from Surrey, Co-I from Bristol and researchers from Warwick who have expertise in AM and cybersecurity. 
  • Work needs to be synthesised into journal articles. The specific journal will depend on your skills, but may include Supply Chain Management, Production Planning and Control, IEEE Engineering Management.
  • a published output is important both for the project and your own CV. 


An academic with completed or close to complete their PhD. You will have knowledge of supply chain, additive manufacturing. Previous academic experience writing for and publishing in management academic journals in an applicable area of academia is essential.

The position is full time and ends 30 September 2024

If you would like to discuss the position informally, please send us an email and we'd be excited to discuss the project further with you. To apply please attached a CV and cover letter evidencing your suitability for the role as outlined in job description.

We are committed to sustainability and encourage all staff to adopt working practices that minimise impact to the environment wherever possible.

Further details:    Job Description    

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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