Research Fellow (fixed-term) University of Nottingham

Posted 3 months ago

Applications are invited for the above position to join the Manufacturing Metrology Team, as part of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, at the University of Nottingham. The Manufacturing Metrology Team conducts fundamental research to enable the next-generation of off-line and in-line metrology tools for advanced manufacturing methods with focus on precision manufacturing and additive manufacturing. More information can be found on our website (www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/manufacturing-metrology).

The research within the MMT is developing a camera-based photogrammetry system capable of addressing additive manufacturing applications. By acquiring multiple 2D component images, the system software reconstructs a 3D point cloud which represents the component’s surface geometry. The current prototype software performs the calibration, set-up, data capture, and post-processing tasks relatively slowly – the objective is to develop a system they can deliver process cycle times to industrial requirements.

This project will deliver system control software as described above, and will seek to incorporate the principles of information-rich metrology (IRM), developed within MMT. IRM features artificial intelligence (AI) and CAD model recognition (as well as other apriori data), allowing the system performance to be optimised by determining camera and object orientation, accelerating feature-matching, and positioning the cameras during data capture.

Candidates must have an excellent degree in (preferably) engineering, physics, computer science, or equivalent, and a PhD (or equivalent experience). Strong skills in optics and computational methods are essential, and specific experience with machine learning is highly desirable. It is also expected that the candidate will demonstrate high level communication and organisational skills and an aptitude for liaison with industrial partners.

This full-time post is available from October 2018 and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period 6 months. Job share arrangements may be considered.

The Faculty of Engineering was the first in the UK to be awarded an Athena Silver SWAN Award, in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing women’s careers in Engineering (STEMM). You can read more about this initiative at www.nottingham.ac.uk/engineering/athena-swan.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Richard Leach, tel: 07467 085 482 or email: richard.leach@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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