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Research Fellow in Manufacturing Processes

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Are you interested in manufacturing processes? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

The Future Manufacturing Processes Research Group explore how novel methods of manufacturing can provide new capabilities in products and services across a wide range of applications. The group have a large portfolio of externally funded research projects, in addition to significant flexible funding for long-term strategic research initiatives. The group have recently been recognised, by extensive external peer review, to be World Leading. 

This role is part of an EPSRC funded project to enable greater understanding of osteoarthritis in the hip. In this project we will be investigating how manufacturing processes can act as an enabler to this greater understanding by fabricating synthetic phantoms and providing embedded intelligence through the incorporation of sensory devices. Consequently there are two different phases of work within this research position: 1) investigating fabrication methods that allow the production of case-specific phantoms of the hip anatomy with selected elements of fidelity, 2) investigating fabrication methods for components with embedded sensing capability that can be utilised in experimental biomechanical simulations.

You will explore different materials and manufacturing processes to provide this. This will include: materials testing, designing jigs and fixtures where appropriate, refinement of some process apparatus for the required material compatibility, and determining scales and accuracy within these fabrication methods. This will require the design and engineering of new or adapted components, systems and hardware to enable effective manufacture. It will then involve conducting experimentation with the manufacturing process to fabricate the required components which will then be evaluated by biomechanical testing colleagues. 

This research will be undertaken within the Future Manufacturing Processes research group who have extensive experience of designing conducting manufacturing research with unique digitally-driven machinery. You will be integrated into our wider research team and benefit from specialist technical support. The experimental work will be conducted in our new state-of-the-art research laboratory.

Holding a PhD in engineering or a closely allied discipline, you will have a strong background in the development and use of manufacturing apparatus and instrumentation to fabricate specialist devices. You will also have an enthusiastic, creative approach to your research and thrive on working with a team.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Russell Harris, Future Manufacturing Processes Research Group

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2155 or email: 

Further information

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Our equality and inclusion webpage provides more information.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Section:  Future Manufacturing Processes
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years due to grant funding)
Release Date:  Friday 14 June 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 14 July 2019
Interview Date:  Wednesday 14 August 2019
Reference:  ENGME1204
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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