Research Associate/Fellow in Mechatronic/Robotics Systems Control for Intelligent Aeroengine

University of Nottingham Department of Engineering

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Mechatronic or Robotics Systems Control for Intelligent Aeroengine in Situ Repair & Inspection Systems (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Thursday, 6th October 2022
Job Type
£28762 to £43414 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £32348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the above post within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology, (see:, in the Division of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. The department has an excellent international reputation for high quality theoretical and experimental research funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU and manufacturing industry. 

The person appointed will be based in the area of Mechatronic/Robotics control of repair and inspection systems for Aero-Engines. In this role, you will be at the forefront of research that offers significant technological challenges and innovations, with an aim to improve the repair and inspection capabilities of the aerospace industry. As a result, this position offers the opportunity for close collaboration with industrial partners in particular Rolls-Royce. The opportunity to participate in some teaching activities is available for those wishing to pursue an academic career.

Candidate must possess an excellent knowledge of practical mechatronic/robotic control systems. In addition, candidates should have good modelling skills (both analytical and numerical) and ability to evaluate/simulate control systems with a track record in producing innovative solutions. Use of control packages such as MATLAB, Labview, C, C++, C#, Python, etc is essential and Solid Works, PTC Creo, Abaqus and COMSOL is preferable.

Apart from being able to lead the research work on this project, good communication, presentation/reporting and publishing skills are required for the person appointed to effectively interact with the international academic and industrial partners involved in this demanding research project. In addition to carrying out project work, the researcher will benefit from exposure to internationally leading industrial companies that are interested in the results of this project and willing to collaborate on spin-out individual projects.

Candidates must possess a good first Degree (or Master's) in in mechatronic / control/ manufacturing engineering or related disciplines, and PhD (or near completion) in mechatronics/robotics/control systems or a related field. 

This full-time post (36.25 hours) is available from 1st September; however, a flexible start date could be agreed, and will offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of one year and a half. Job share arrangements may be considered.

It is a condition of this role that you undertake the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) screening.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Dragos Axinte, tel: +44 (0)115 951 4117or Or email
Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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