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Research Assistant/Associate in Cyber-Physical Systems and Asset Management (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on the Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure project funded by EPSRC and BT. The Research Assistant/Associate will work with the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing. One of the key areas of focus for the project is the development of autonomic system in which software agents mirror or twin with physical nodes. The researcher will examine how to bring these capabilities together to improve organisational performance through improved service assurance and enhancing organisational capabilities. Specifically, research will be carried out to develop and apply techniques to enable autonomous decision-making for improving service performance through condition-monitoring, predictive maintenance and spares management. In addition, the researcher will be expected to contribute to other research projects and activities within DIAL.

The post holder will be located in Institute for Manufacturing, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The researcher's expertise will include distributed decision-making and control algorithms, cyber-physical systems, prognosis, reliability engineering and asset management. Appreciation and knowledge of the challenges in telecommunication networks is desirable.

Applicants will be expected to have obtained or be close to obtaining a PhD in Engineering, Computer Science or relevant discipline.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688
Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter and two relevant publications in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr Ajith Kumar Parlikad (email: If you have any questions on the application process, please contact Maggie Harris (email:

Please quote reference NM14460 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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