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Research Assistant/Associate in Low Cost Construction Systems Development (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/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 researcher will work with the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing.

The post holder will work on the research and development of low cost solutions using a building-block approach, with particular focus on working with industrial collaborators in identifying key solution areas relevant to construction SMEs. They will produce several prototype demonstrations, and liaise with industrial partners to initial a series of pilot studies within their operations. They will also lead on the development of a web environment tailored to the construction sector. In addition, the researcher will be expected to contribute to other research projects and activities within DIAL.

Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing, Computer Science, or relevant discipline. They should have an industrial engineering background, with experience of logic based control systems and sensor and device integration. Appreciation and knowledge of the methods for programming of low cost devices would also be helpful.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

The post holder will be located at the Institute for Manufacturing in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,715 - £30,942; Research Associate: £32,816 - £40,322

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

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and research publication list 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 or the application process, please contact: Mrs Rebecca Evans, email:

Please quote reference NM22631 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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