Research Associate/Fellow in Mechanical Engineering
University of Nottingham Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Mechanical Design for in-situ repair and inspection systems of Aero-Engines (fixed term)

Closing Date
Sunday, 10th January 2021
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 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 Mechanical Design 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 mechanical design. In addition, he/she should have excellent modelling skills (both analytical and numerical) and ability to evaluate/simulate mechanical systems with a track record in producing innovative solutions. Use of commercial CAD/CAE packages such as Solid Works, PTC Creo, Abaqus and COMSOL is preferable. Working knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g. Python) and experience on programming in Matlab/Labview would be beneficial.

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 very good first Degree or Master's in mechanical engineering or related disciplines, and preferably PhD (or near completion) in mechanical design engineering or a related field (e.g. manufacturing engineering). 

This full-time post is available from 4 January 2021, however a flexible start date could be agreed, and will offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of two years. 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 Dragos Axinte tel: 0115 95 14117 Or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

For all successful international applicants, including EU/EEA applicants from January 2021, we offer an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses to the UK, including visas and the NHS surcharge. For more information follow this link

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