University of Nottingham Smart Products Beacon – job opportunity

Research Associat/Fellow (fixed term)

Reference: SC1494719

Closing date: Tuesday 4th February 2020

Job Type: Research

Department: Smart Products Beacon Computer Science

Salary:  £27511 – £40322 per annum (pro rate if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £300943 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for a Computer Science and/or Engineering based Research Associate/Fellow within The Smart Products Beacon.

The Smart Products Beacon explores how leading edge technologies emerging from Computer Science and Engineering can fundamentally disrupt the nature of products and how they are made. This University led initiative tackles how the combination of physical and digital technologies, from robotically-enabled and additive manufacturing to artificial intelligence and mixed reality, can produce smarter and better products. We also work to ensure that products are produced in responsible ways to embody the fair and transparent use of personal data, operate safely, and respect human values.

The purpose of this role will be to support the Smart Products Beacon in establishing its research agenda by contributing to the creation of an independent research program, linking across a number of disciplines to develop, deploy and study Beacon related projects. A preference will be given to applicants in the following areas, but other skills will be considered if clear evidence of their link to the Beacon can be provided.

  • Software platform development
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Security
  • Development and integration of sensors and interfaces
  • Advanced manufacturing techniques (robotics, additive manufacturing, etc.)
  • User studies

The post holder will be expected to:

  • Create and lead an independent research program
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to enhance impact
  • Have the flexibility to work on several ongoing projects while developing their own work
  • Contribute to, and lead, high quality publications and proposals

The role holder will have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.

This is a full time, fixed term post for 3 years. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Steve Benford.  Applications must be submitted online; please note that applications sent by email will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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