Jobs at BRL

Research Associate – Robotics for Nuclear Environments
Ref: 1658506

Job Overview

The Universities of Manchester, West of England and Birmingham, in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and supported by Sellafield Ltd., have recently secured funding from the EPSRC for a 5-year project to undertake fundamental research in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) which will enable step changes to be made in the capabilities of industrial robotic solutions for use in the nuclear industry.

You will be based at the University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility in West Cumbria and will also spend time at NNL’s Workington Rig Hall, where there are large-scale test facilities. You will work closely with researchers at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham.

The University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF) has state-of-the-art irradiation test facilities and strong links with Sellafield Ltd, the NDA, the National Nuclear Laboratory and the nuclear supply chain. In 2011, the Dalton Nuclear Institute was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in the Diamond Jubilee round for its “internationally renowned research and skills training for the nuclear industry”.

You will work as part of the DCF Robotics Group, a team comprising of PhD students, PDRAs and academics with expertise in communications, sensing, control, embedded systems and platform design. You will be required to travel regularly to Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham for project meetings, and also to liaise with collaborators from industry. You will also be expected to travel overseas from time to time to attend conferences and to meet with collaborating organisations.

This project will provide the successful candidate with the ideal introduction into the challenges faced in deploying robotic systems in the nuclear industry and the size and scope of problems therein. It will also provide a unique opportunity to interact with engineers from both the supply chain and end users in the UK and Japan.

Other benefits, in addition to salary:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 Days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
  • flexible working;
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
  • family friendly policies;
  • option to purchase childcare vouchers.

Please follow the link below for full job description and person specification for the role.

Salary Band
£28,452 - £32,004
per annum
Working Pattern
Full Time,
37 hours per week
Closing Date
3 Aug 2017 @ 23:59
Anticipated Interview Date
To Be Confirmed
 Type of Post/Duration
Fixed Term, 36 months
Post End Date 2 July 2020
 Location
Based at University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility in West Cumbria
Further Details
For an informal discussion, please contact
Alan Winfield on 01173282644 or
Tony Pipe on 0117 3286330.
How to Apply
For more details of the role and how to apply, please visit: Job Ref: 1658506.

Research Associate – Soft Robotics
Ref: ACAD102826

Based in the internationally recognised Soft Robotics research group at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) this is an exciting opportunity to develop cutting edge soft robotic technologies.

The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop innovative actuation technologies that untether soft robotic devices from hard supply systems such as valves, pumps and electric motors. The aim of the project is to eliminate the technological bottleneck that has limited how effectively soft robotics can be applied outside of laboratory conditions in autonomous and wearable applications.

You will develop passive and electro-active technologies for fluidic and thermo-active artificial muscle systems. Advanced fabrication and testing facilities will be utilised including casting, multi-material 3D printing and other additive layer techniques. The successful candidate will work closely with a PhD research student and project partners including LEAP Technology (Denmark).

Applicants should have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics or a related field and a proven track record of high quality publications.

Salary Band
£32,004 - £36,001
per annum
Working Pattern
Full Time,
37 hours per week
Closing Date
6 Sep 2017 @ 23:59
Anticipated Interview Date
To Be Confirmed
 Type of Post/Duration
Fixed Term, 12 months
 Location
SoftLab, Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Further Details
For an informal discussion, please contact
Dr Andrew Conn.
How to Apply
For more details of the role and how to apply, please visit: Job Ref: ACAD102826.

Page last updated 21 August 2017

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