Research Assistant in Manufacturing Processes

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7106009 (Ref.No. EPSME1099)
Posted: July 21, 2022

Job Description

Do you have a mechanical engineering background and are you interested in manufacturing process research? Do you want to develop your experimental research skills? 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 been recognised, by extensive external peer review, to be World Leading.

You will assist in designing, formulating, and refining new manufacturing process apparatus such that it is capable of the required material compatibility, compositional variation, and scales and accuracy of fabrication. This will include the design and engineering of new or adapted components, systems and hardware to enable effective operation. It will then involve conducting experimentation with the manufacturing process and analysis of its performance. Your predominant application focus will be computer controlled plasma treatment methods to enable novel hybrid manufacturing processes.

You will work alongside existing Research Fellows, PhD researchers, and academic leaders. 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 first or upper second class undergraduate or masters degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely allied discipline, you will have a 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.


What we offer in return 

And much more!   


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: [email protected] 


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Section:  Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,924 to £33,309 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Until 30 June 2023 (grant funding))
Release Date:  Wednesday 20 July 2022
Closing Date:  Sunday 21 August 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSME1099


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