Research Fellow - Engineering Design

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Dec 18, 2020
Jan 17, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Engineering

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792.

Grade 7

Full Time FTC up to 11 months (Part time hours can be discussed)

Closing date 10 January 2021

Job Summary

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to join the Biomedical Engineering Research Group, in the School of Engineering, at the University of Birmingham. The successful applicant will join Dr Lauren Thomas-Seale's (Principal Investigator) dynamic and ambitious research team, in collaboration with the Co-Investigator, Dr Rosemary Dyson (School of Maths). The Research Fellow will undertake research, sponsored by the EPSRC, to develop novel design techniques for additive manufacturing. Project objectives include:

- Develop the temporal design for additive manufacturing (TDfAM) approach

- Develop a novel GrowCAD™ approach

- Characterisation and validation of the software

- Application to three industrial case studies (MTC, Moog and Autodesk).

Please note the position will require a significant amount of travel.

Candidates are required to have a first degree in engineering, mathematics or computer science. Candidate must hold (or be near to completion) a PhD in engineering. Candidates will be required to have experience in engineering design and have the ability to work across interdisciplinary subjects.

Main Duties

The responsibilities of the position include but are not exclusive to:
  • Collect research data; this will be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, etc.
  • Contribute to knowledge transfer on own specialism that is of benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Work within the specified research grant and related-projects and contribute to writing future funding bids
  • Contribute to licensing or spinout deals (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Work closely with researchers within the research group and in other disciplines
  • Be an active member of the research group, contributing to communal lab tasks
  • Work closely with clinical and industrial collaborators in the field of engineering design and additive manufacturing

Person specification

The following skills and experience are required. Please note that this is a comprehensive list and outstanding candidates will be considered who satisfy some but not all of these points.
  • Relevant undergraduate (and postgraduate) degree(s) in engineering, maths or computer science
  • Hold (or be near completion) a PhD in engineering
  • Research experience in engineering design, preferably related to additive manufacturing
  • Experience of programming languages
  • Excellent aptitude in mathematics
  • Broad knowledge of additive manufacturing
  • Possess sufficient breadth and depth of specialist and transferable knowledge in the discipline and/or research methods of maths and engineering
  • Understanding and experience of experimental and computational research methods and processes
  • Experience of publishing in peer reviewed journals
  • Experience of presenting research at meetings and conferences
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a highly multidisciplinary team

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory DBS clearance prior to appointment.

Informal enquires to Dr Lauren TGhomas-Seale, email:

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