Research Associate/Fellow in Design and Modelling of Mechatronics/Robotics (fixed term) University of Nottingham, Department of Engineering - Rolls-Royce Manufacturing and On-Wing University Technology Centre United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Design and Modelling of Mechatronics/Robotics (fixed term)



Closing Date
Friday, 1st December 2017

Job Type

Engineering - Rolls-Royce Manufacturing and On-Wing University Technology Centre

£26495 to £38833 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance


Applications are invited for the above posts within the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing and On-Wing University Technology Centre (see: 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, DTI, EU and manufacturing industry.


The person(s) appointed will be based in the area of mechatronics/robotics development for harsh environments, working on research projects for Rolls-Royce. Specifically, this research will focus on mechatronics/robotics design, kinematic analysis and developing control strategies for in-situ repair work in constrained and hazardous environments/ manufacturing working for aerospace component productions. In this role you will be at the forefront of research that offers significant technological challenge and innovation, with an aim to improving quality in mechatronics/robotics applications within Rolls-Royce and its suppliers. As a result, this position offers the opportunity for close collaboration with industrial partners (Rolls-Royce). The opportunity to participate in some teaching activities is available for those wishing to pursue an academic career.


Candidates must possess a good knowledge of design, kinematic analysis, actuation solutions related to mechatronics/robotics and demonstrate strong evidence of developing their own software (in MATLAB, C++ and/or LabVIEW) to control such systems. Previous expertise in developing customised mechatronics/robotics (e.g. for manipulation/surveillance) would be preferable.


Apart from being capable 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-put individual projects.


Candidates must possess a good first degree in mechatronics/mechanical/ engineering or related disciplines, and preferably a PhD degree in mechatronics/robotics. This full-time post is available from 1st Jan. 2018, but late start could be agreed, and will offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of two years.


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


The Faculty of Engineering was the first in the UK to be awarded an Athena Silver SWAN Award, in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing women’s careers in Engineering (STEMM). You can read more about this initiative at (


The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


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