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Job ID
Posting Date
University of Strathclyde
Job type
Full time
31,604.00 - 38,833.00  per year
Job reference code

University of Strathclyde

Research Associate (Robotics and Control)

Job description

Research Associate (Robotics & Control)


Advanced Forming Research Centre, Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (


Faculty of Engineering (

Staff Category


Reference No


Reports To

The Head of Department, through the AFRC Chief Operating Officer and Team Leader



Salary Range:

£31604 - £38833

Contract Type:

Fixed Term (24 months)


1 (35 hours/week)

Closing Date

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

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 recruit a Research Associate to participate in a directly funded industrial research project focused on automation of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) inspection processes. To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in a relevant subject (e.g. physics, control engineering, automation, mechanical & electrical engineering); or have equivalent relevant experience in addition to a relevant Degree. You will have demonstrable capability in industrial robotic programming (KUKA) and automation, combined with programming experience in C#, C++ and Matlab. You will have excellent software and or electrical and mechanical engineering skills. You will have experience in low-level industrial robot control and industrial safety systems for robotics in addition to software development. 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 monthly 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.

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