UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Research Associate (Automated NDT)

Location
Inchinnan, Renfrew
Posted
29 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Research Associate (Automated NDT)

Department
Advanced Forming Research Centre, Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (www.strath.ac.uk/dmem/)
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering (www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/)
Staff Category    Research
Reports To    The Head of Department, through the AFRC Chief Operating Officer and Team Leader
Salary Range:    £31604 - £38833
FTE:    1 (35 hours/week)
Reference No    91035
Grade:    7
Contract Type:    Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date    Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners.  As a part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established at Inchinnan near Glasgow’s International Airport in partnership with multi-national companies such as Rolls-Royce and The Boeing Company.  The AFRC is the embodiment of over £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners to establish a world leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.  Since 2011 it has been a part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

The AFRC is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to participate in a directly funded industrial research project focused on automation of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection processes. To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in a relevant subject (e.g. physics, control engineering, automation, mechanical & electrical engineering); or have equivalent relevant experience in addition to a relevant Degree. You will have demonstrable capability in industrial robotic programming (KUKA) and automation, combined with precision instrumentation for NDT applications. You will have a fundamental understanding of the complexities of ultrasonic wave propagation in complex geometry materials and you will have excellent mechanical and electric engineering skills. You will have experience in low-level industrial robot control and industrial safety systems for robotics in addition to experience in non-destructive testing ultrasonic NDT. You will have a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to listen, engage and persuade and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences, and you will have the ability to work as part of a team, integrating with existing research team members and collaborating effectively with both academic and industrial partners.  

The Research Associate will be required to travel to partner sites for technical meetings and project demonstrations on a monthly basis and, as such, applicants must be willing and able to travel. Applications from candidates with a valid UK driving licence and access to their own vehicle are therefore desirable.

Further information on the application process can be found on our website (http://www.strath.ac.uk/hr/workforus).

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