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Research Assistant/Associate in In-Chamber Sensing for Selective Laser Sintering (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, to work in the Physical Computation Laboratory on In-Chamber Sensing for Selective Laser Sintering. The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK. Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in electrical/computer engineering, computer science, or related fields.

The key responsibilities and duties are to investigate new methods for continuous in situ structure and chemical composition monitoring of materials at millimeter scales in a nylon selective laser sintering (SLS) additive manufacturing process.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role include an understand-ing of materials aspects of additive manufacturing processes, experience with NIR / visible light spectroscopy, a very strong electronics background and experience creating low-level instrumentation software for controlling sensors and analyzing sensor data. An ideal candi-date will have excellent communication skills, attention to detail, ability to formulate research and engineering challenges and to look at them from unconventional perspectives, and a willingness to work in a dynamic and fast-paced research environment.

The Physical Computation Laboratory ( in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge is a new and growing research group that investigates how to use an understanding of the physical world and the flexibility of sensing systems to improve the efficiency of computing systems that interact with nature. We conduct fundamental research augmented with hardware and software engineering pro-totypes to get the results of our research out into the world

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 2 December 2018 in the first instance with a possibility of a contract extension subject to further funding becoming available.

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 upload your CV (including a publications list) and a covering letter by midnight on the closing date. Additional documents that have not been requested will not be considered as part of your application. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Mrs Ann Martin, (Tel +44 01223 748334)

Please quote reference NM15573 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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