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Research Engineer

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Job Details

  • Open ended. Full time
  • £25,728 - £29,799 per annum. Potential to progress to £32,548 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.
  • University of Sheffield, Sheffield
  • Closes 28th January 2018
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Research Engineer (3 posts)
AMRC - Nuclear AMRC
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre


As a Research Engineer, you will play a key role in a project team at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC). In this role, you will assist the project team, working closely with the Technical Leads, Researchers and experienced engineers to deliver research projects of duration typically between 1 to 12 months.

You will assist with projects that will be broadly focused on the manufacturing processes to improve quality, capability and robustness during manufacture and potentially reduce the cost of production of nuclear related modules, pumps, valves and associated components. You will be involved in projects that range from research into new materials, control, automation, metrology and machining dynamics, to develop and demonstrate robust and world-leading methods of manufacture. The projects will be focused on innovative manufacturing techniques and systems, to deliver step-change improvements in the nuclear industry[EH1] .

The role will be suitable for an engineer wanting to expand their experience or a fresh graduate with a good honours degree. Training and support is available as part of the team working environment. You will require a sound understanding of engineering principles and a passion for engineering in general. Excellent written communication skills are a requirement of the role as the creation of technical reports and documents are key to being successful in the role.

Person Specification

You should provide evidence in your applications that you meet the following criteria. We will use a range of selection methods to measure your abilities in these areas including reviewing your online application, seeking references, inviting shortlisted candidates to interview and other forms of assessment action relevant to the post.

  • Have a good honours degree (or equivalent experience).
  • IT skills, including the ability to use specialised packages, e.g. computer aided design, Matlab, in addition to Microsoft Office.
  • Technical knowledge in one or more of the following areas of manufacturing: mechanical, manufacturing, machining, dynamics, fixtures, modelling, inspection/metrology.
  • Ability to continuously monitor and check results, adjusting plans regularly to accommodate changing requirements.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, including report writing skills and experience of delivering presentations.
  • Ability to develop creative approaches to problem solving.
  • Ability to analyse and solve problems with an appreciation of longer-term implications.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources, and plan and progress work activities.
  • Ability to working effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Update and acquire new skills and knowledge in line with advances in the relevant subject area, including technical expertise and experience.
  • Experience of working to deadlines.
  • Excellent customer service skills, with experience of responding efficiently and effectively to phone and email enquiries.
  • Ability to make informed decisions for a team to facilitate progress.

About the Team

The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), is a collaboration of academic and industrial partners from across the nuclear supply chain, with the mission of helping UK manufacturers win work at home and worldwide. Our applied manufacturing research is underpinned by the nuclear and materials technology expertise of The University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute.

We are owned by the University of Sheffield and part of its world-leading advanced manufacturing innovation cluster alongside the AMRC with Boeing, Castings Technology International and AMRC Training Centre, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire. We are part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, an alliance of seven leading manufacturing research centres backed by Innovate UK. This allows us to tap into a national network of manufacturing research excellence, a wider technology portfolio and broad areas of expertise.

As a research engineer, you will be part of the Nuclear Machining & Metrology Group contributing to the mission of improving the competitiveness of UK nuclear manufacturers by delivering the highest quality, industry-relevant manufacturing research innovation projects. This will involve you working closely with professional and motivated engineers in a supportive team environment. You will also have opportunities to interact with members and clients developing your engineering skills and knowledge to deliver world-leading manufacturing processes and technologies.

Job Description

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create planning, route cards and procedures to existing specification for research activities.
  • Assist and support shop floor machining trials.
  • Gather data from research activities, analyse and report to the project team on current practises.
  • Undertake literature reviews and technology benchmarking studies.
  • Co-ordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress.
  • Continuously monitor and check results. The unpredictability of research means that daily planning needs to accommodate new developments.
  • Write supporting documents to contribute to and support the work of the Research Group, e.g. reports, interim reports and proposals.
  • Analyse and record data & present research findings to the integrated project team.
  • Design fixtures and tooling solutions.
  • Liaise with industrial sponsors with regard to project deliverables and progress.
  • Contribute to the preparation of papers for journals/presentations either in-house or at national/international conferences or seminars to disseminate research findings.
  • As a member of our Professional staff you will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the professional behaviours set out in the Sheffield Professional Framework. Please follow this link for further information: Sheffield Professional Framework.
  • Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

Reward Package

Terms and conditions of employment: Will be those for Grade 6 staff.

Salary for this grade: £25,728 - £29,799 per annum. Potential to progress to £32,548 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.

This post is open ended. This post is full-time:

This role has been identified as a full-time post, but we are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities with our staff which benefit both the individual and the University (See www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/guidance/flexible/arrangements). Therefore, we would consider flexible delivery of the role subject to meeting the business needs of the post. If you wish to explore flexible working opportunities in relation to this post, we encourage you to call or email the departmental contact listed below.

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