University of Sheffield - Research Engineer x 2 posts

Rotherham, UK

University of Sheffield

We have some exciting opportunities for Research Engineers to join our Composite Centre team at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. The AMRC is a cluster of world-class centres for research into advanced manufacturing technologies used in the aerospace, power generation, medical and other high-value manufacturing sectors. The cluster has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry, worldwide. We are part of the University of Sheffield who are the only university to feature in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017. 

The Composite Centre team focuses on producing and machining composite components, including hybrid parts combining high-performance metals and composites in a single structure. These structures can provide significant weight savings while maintaining the highest material and structural performance, offering improved fuel efficiency for aerospace and other transport applications.

Due to the continued expansion of the AMRC Composite Centre, additional Research Engineers are needed. We are looking for an individual who will contribute to the research objectives of the Composite Centre team, through delivery of a number of concurrent industrially-focused world-leading research and development projects as part of a team of researchers in an exciting and dynamic environment. The role will include planning of projects and resources, project team leadership, writing of reports for industrial partners, regular communication with customers and partners, delivery of projects to timescales and technical problem solving. The projects undertaken frequently involve overseas partners and there may be opportunities for travel across mainland Europe, the USA, Japan and South Korea. 

The successful candidate will have; a good honours degree, either in a relevant field or have experience working in this area; excellent communication skills both written and verbal and the ability to solve problems creatively. It is essential that you have technical knowledge of composites engineering or manufacturing and are able to apply this effectively in the workplace. You must have experience managing project resources, including staff, and developing a network of contacts within the organisation.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. 

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience. 

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Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop manufacturing processes and technology to aid the centre in its aim to be the premier research facility at the cutting-edge of composites manufacturing research.
  • Act as a source of expertise in composite manufacturing technology for centre staff and customers.
  • Work with business development staff to generate new projects and sources of income.
  • Overall responsibility for projects, including technical sign-off of project documentation.
  • Responsible for the successful and timely delivery of research and development projects within the centre.
  • Responsible for the coordination of specific project tasks within the Centre.
  • Contribute to the review and progress tracking of centre projects, providing regular and relevant updates to management schedules.
  • Plan and organise activities with colleagues, including longer-term planning of some projects.
  • Prioritise own workload, including effective project management and project work, present information about the centre to prospective partners, external bodies and customers.
  • Work with the Quality department to ensure standards are relevant and maintained.
  • Using technical knowledge of Composite functions, carry out project scoping, develop project plans, and manage projects technically and financially to agreed time-scales.
  • Manage project resources, which will include negotiating additional resources as required and using government or EU funding streams.
  • Present project information and carry out communication activities with committees staff, students and other groups.
  • Write up project findings in a manner that will both satisfy industrial partners and provide the basis for further publication.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.

Salary for this grade: £30,688 - £38,833 per annum pro-rata. Potential to progress to £42,418 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.


Listed: 23 Nov 2017

Expires: 31 Dec 2017

Contact: Dr Clara Frias


Telephone: 0114 222 6688