Studentships at NMIS

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The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is a team of world-leading academic researchers, industry experts, and business professionals working together to transform manufacturing in Scotland by working with companies of all sizes from across the manufacturing world.

We’re always looking for the best and brightest talent to join us in breaking down barriers to help manufacturers achieve their full potential.

  • Staff Category: Technical Services
  • Type of Employment: Open-ended
  • Working Hours: Full-time FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)
  • Term: Open Contract

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise where industry, academia and the public-sector support bodies work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation making Scotland and the UK a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

NMIS will accelerate innovation by enabling manufacturing companies to trial and test new processes, applications and technologies, demonstrate new manufacturing technologies and processes at an earlier stage and encourage supply chain collaboration at the research stage of product development.

The University of Strathclyde / NMIS are seeking to appoint an Additive Manufacturing Metal Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) Technician to support the operation of specialised equipment within its workshops.

You will be primarily responsible for the set-up operation and maintenance of Additive Manufacturing Powder Bed Fusion based equipment used in relation to delivering industrial and academic research programmes.

To be considered for this role you will be educated to a minimum of HNC level, or equivalent; or with relevant work experience. You will have significant knowledge and expertise in Additive Manufacturing or a closely aligned industry; including: setting, programming and operation of complex manufacturing machines, and be able to interpret 3D CAD models.

You will have excellent troubleshooting skills, including a methodical approach to solving complex problems, with limited guidance. You will have an ability to work autonomously, prioritising and coordinating your own workload and making decisions with minimum supervision to meet project deadlines and you will have the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Experience of supporting production, and research and development manufacturing requirements is highly desirable.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Scott Munro, Engineering Services Team, Workshop Coordinator ( / 0141 534 5550).

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  • Salary range: £33,309 - £40,927
  • FTE: 1
  • Term: Open-ended
  • Closing Date: 26 May 2022

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is an industry centred facility, working in partnership with multi-national OEMs such as Rolls Royce and Boeing, as well as companies within the forging and forming supply chain such as Castings Technologies International and Sheffield Forgemasters. Known for building strong collaborative links with industry, government and the third sector to transform productivity and innovation throughout the forging and forming supply chain, the AFRC helps to de-risk manufacturing business investment and accelerate innovation by providing industry with access to modern equipment and expertise to support prototyping, testing and scale up to industrial production.

The main facility is located near Glasgow Airport with a satellite office in Sheffield to specifically enable companies within Yorkshire and the Midlands to actively and rapidly engage with our wide-ranging expertise. The AFRC is part of the University of Strathclyde, a leading international technological university, and is one of the research centres aligned with the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland. 

The AFRC is seeking to appoint a Digital Simulation Engineer who will expand and deliver high value research and knowledge exchange activities, and to collaborate with academic and industrial partners in research projects related to Discrete Event Simulation (DES) modelling in the application of process flow optimisation, factory layout planning and digital manufacturing. This role will involve working with the Head of Simulation and Modelling to develop credible technical roadmap and research strategy and deliver industrial research projects. The post holder will be expected to work at the AFRC Sheffield office, and to occasionally travel to main office in Glasgow or to its industrial partners.

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree, or a PhD in operational research engineering or software engineering or a related disciplined. We are also interested in candidates with equivalent industrial experience. The post holder will have an established track record in leading the delivery of engineering solutions in an industrial context, as well as experience of taking a leading role in research and development of manufacturing processes. The post holder will have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise own workload with minimal inputs from higher management, and deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. The post holder will also need experience of project planning and delivery, as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact with a range of stakeholders from industry and academia.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Ruby Hughes, Head of Simulation and Modelling

Previous applicants need not apply. 

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AFRC worker on a machine

NMIS graduate placements

Are you a recent university or college graduate?

We are now recruiting talented individuals for our paid, three-month summer placement programme working within the NMIS Group, or with one of our Scottish-based industry partners.

Your manufacturing career starts now!

Learn more and apply with the National Transition Training Fund project