The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As a part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established at Inchinnan near Glasgow’s International Airport in partnership with multi-national companies such as Rolls-Royce and The Boeing Company. The AFRC is the embodiment of over £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners to establish a world leading research facility for forging and forming technologies. Since 2011 it has been a part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
The AFRC is seeking to appoint a Manufacturing Engineer to support its research programmes, and the development of manufacturing capability both within the AFRC and its industrial partners. In particular, the Manufacturing Engineer will support the improvement of manufacturing processes through experimental research activity and by studying and enhancing manufacturing methods. The post holder will be expected to work between the AFRC and its industrial partners and there will be a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange.
We would like to see candidates with experience in one or more of a range of areas:
· Hot and Cold Sheet Metal Forming; with particular reference to processes like superplastic forming, hydroforming, incremental sheet forming, stretch forming, hot creep forming, press-brake forming, etc…
· Engineering design – component, tool and process design, including design for manufacture, CAD/CAM, and the development of design methodologies.
· New technology development and data analysis – the AFRC has a range of automation, control and instrumentation systems deployed both in-house and at customer facilities, and our engineers work to support experimental trials at the AFRC and off site to collate and analyse production data from a range of systems.
· Numerical simulation – we currently use a range of finite element modelling software including Abaqus and ESI PAM-STAMP to simulate sheet metal forming processes. We develop new simulation frameworks and constitutive models, in addition to physical validation and verification experiments.
With a first degree and PhD in appropriate disciplines, e.g. mechanical or materials engineering; or with a good first degree (minimum 2:1) and relevant work experience, you will have an established track record in providing engineering solutions in an industrial context, and experience in knowledge exchange. You will have knowledge of hot and cold metal forming processes and an understanding of knowledge exchange within the design and manufacturing field. You will have an established track record in providing engineering solutions in an industrial context as well as experience of supporting research and development of manufacturing processes. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload, you will have excellent troubleshooting skills, including a methodical approach to solving complex problems, and an ability to work as part of a team. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to interact with a range of stakeholders in both industry and academia and an ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.
Whilst not essential for the role, candidates with practical experience of knowledge exchange within an academic or industrial context and with knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas: manufacturing engineering, process development, computer and mathematical modelling, residual stress measurement or material testing are highly desired.