Job offer available in Scotland Research Associate at University of Strathclyde

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Faculty: Faculty of Engineering (

Reports To: The Head of Department, through Professor Gareth Pierce

Contract Type: Fixed Term (18 months)

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)

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The Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE), based in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE) at the University of Strathclyde is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to participate in a multi-partner collaborative research project focused on autonomy in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection processes for wire arc additive manufacture (WAAM).

Daily activities within the role will include the programming of multiple industrial robots in an industrial environment, and collecting sensor data (ultrasonic and other NDT) from a variety of test specimens using these robot systems and interpreting experimental results.  You will be responsible for aspects related to the operation of robotic NDT cells, including programming, data collection and safety and as such duties can involve both mechanical and electrical systems.  You will undertake extensive low-level programming and NDT instrument interfacing, motivated by the aim of acquiring, interpreting and reporting scientific NDT results to the supervision team, industrial stakeholders, and the overall project management team.  Scientific publication and dissemination of results will be required, through both academic journals and conferences. 

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline, or have significant relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. (e.g. physics, control engineering, automation, mechanical & electrical engineering). You will have demonstrable capability in industrial robotic programming and automation for precision instrumentation such as NDT and metrology applications. Ideally, you will have experience in ultrasonic NDT techniques and the complexities of ultrasonic wave propagation in complex geometry materials. 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 regular 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. The position will entail working both at the Glasgow City Centre campus, and at the Advanced Forming Research Centre near Glasgow International Airport.

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The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.


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