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Senior Research Associate in Low Cost Construction Automation Systems (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Engineering, to perform and lead research work on the new project "Digital Construction on a Shoestring", focussing on the area of low cost automation and control solutions as well as contributing to the broader aims of the project. The Senior Research Associate (SRA) will work with the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing.

The SRA will be the day-to-day lead on the project and will coordinate the research activities in Cambridge, establishing focus areas for each phase in the construction supply chain, organising a series of prioritisation workshops within the sector, and overseeing the development of prototype demonstrations in both laboratories and at industrial partner sites. Additionally, they will contribute to a review of existing low cost solution activities in the construction sector and the development of a web environment tailored to the sector. The researcher will also be expected to contribute to other research projects and teaching-related activities within DIAL.

Appointment at Senior Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD and a minimum of three years' relevant postdoctoral or industrial experience. Applicants must have a PhD in Manufacturing, Computer Science, or relevant discipline. The researcher's expertise should include industrial automation architectures - conventional and novel, approaches to logic based control systems, sensor and device integration. Appreciation and knowledge of the methods for programming of low cost devices (e.g. Raspberry Pi) would be helpful. Experience relevant to following topics will be advantageous: low cost computing programming, predictive data analytics, machine learning, deployment of industrial scale automation systems.

As the project requires active engagement with a number of industrial partners, the researcher will be expected to have very good communication and writing skills. Finally, the researcher is expected to have the ability to facilitate student development activities.

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

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If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Mrs Rebecca Evans, email

Please quote reference NM22627 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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