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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.

  • salary range: Competitive
  • FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)
  • Term: Open Contract 
  • Closing date: 10 October 2022

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Times Higher Education Awards University of the Year 2019 and Scottish University of the Year 2020) possesses a large and internationally leading Engineering Faculty with a proud history of securing major funding for projects from government and other funding agencies and in operating successful joint ventures and partnerships with industrial organisations.

NMIS is partnering with the Centre for Process Innovation and North Ayrshire Council to develop the Digital Process Manufacturing Centre (DPMC) at i3 in North Ayrshire, Scotland. The Centre will demonstrate, develop and deliver digital technology to support the UK’s process manufacturing sectors’ digital challenges.

DPMC will offer practical demonstrations of Industry 4.0 technology to stimulate, encourage and support industry to adopt new and innovative practices in the application of digital strategies to their manufacturing operations by offering hands-on experience. The demonstrations will include a range of opportunities for industry to gain access to examples of control systems, manufacturing execution systems, operational technologies, Augmented Reality, paperless systems, training, performance management, data visualisation techniques, etc. This experience, available in a controlled environment, aims to improve levels of confidence and demonstrates how digital applications can improve management decision-making, driving business performance and competitiveness.  The physical facility, which will include a networking/training/meeting space, will serve as a focal point and networking hub for companies in the area.

The centre will focus on key process sub-sectors including:

  • Pharmaceuticals ·      
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chemicals and Chemical Products
  • Agrichemicals
  • Food & Drink 
  • Fast Moving Commercial Goods
  • Water (collection, treatment, supply)

The Managing Director will provide the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure DPMC has the operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, people, and systems in place to effectively grow the organisation and ensure financial strength and operational efficiency. The Managing Director will lead the implementation of DPMC strategy and operational management activities, which will be undertaken by working closely with DPMC partners, industrial members, funding bodies and University staff. You will be responsible ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability of the Centre through membership, grant funding, and commercial income by engaging with local and international industrial partners, funding agencies and prospective partners/clients at the most senior level.

You will be based at the DPMC site and the role will require frequent national and international travel and maintenance of close contact with colleagues at the University’s campus in the centre of Glasgow. DPMC is formally linked to the University through NMIS.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of Degree level in a relevant subject and have substantial professional leadership experience and an established track record within a relevant professional environment. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to interact with a range of stakeholders, across industry and academia. Your knowledge of the processing sector (ideally in one of the target sub-sectors) will bring an established network of contacts and a good understanding of collaboration opportunities.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to David Hernandez, Project Manager (david.hernandez@strath.ac.uk).

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  • Salary range: £34,308 - £42,155
  • FTE: 1
  • Term: Open-ended
  • Closing Date: 05 October 2022

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development, the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established near Glasgow’s International Airport. The AFRC is the embodiment of a £60 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners seeking to establish a world-leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.

The AFRC is seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Process Modeller/Research Associate to work on the modelling of manufacturing processes within a range of Forging and Incremental Technologies (FIT), such as open die forging, closed die forging, isothermal forging, radial forging, flow forming etc., and relevant heating processes associated with these processes.  The candidate will also be able to participate and contribute to high-value industrial funding proposals in key areas related to processing modelling. The post holder will be expected to work between the AFRC and its industrial/research partners.

To achieve the above the Process Modeller/Research Associate will require significant research and/or industrial experience in two or more of the following technical areas:

  • Non-linear finite element modelling/numerical analysis of complex materials and processes,
  • The modelling of processing (forging, forming) of metallic alloys and microstructural development,
  • The development of constitutive models that link mechanical properties and microstructure, and the ability to integrate such models into commercial or bespoke software packages,
  • The modelling of industrial heating processes, Knowledge of analytical and experimental methods of validation/verification of simulation,  

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree and PhD for example in mechanical/materials engineering or design engineering. Candidates with equivalent industrial experience may also be considered. You will have an established track record in leading the delivery of engineering solutions in an industrial context, as well as experience in taking a leading role in the research and development of manufacturing processes. You will have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise your own workload with minimal inputs from higher management, and deal with complex problems presented to you by colleagues. You will have experience in 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 Jianglin Huang, Forging and Incremental Processes Theme Lead (jianglin.huang@strath.ac.uk)

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  • Salary range: £34,308 - £42,155
  • FTE: 1
  • Term: Open-ended
  • Closing Date: 02 October 2022 

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological institution and has a long history of working with industry to deliver strong business growth from access to research and innovation expertise. The latest major initiative continuing to deliver on this track record is through the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

NMIS is a group of industry-led manufacturing research and development facilities transforming skills, productivity and innovation, helping to make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing. At the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland in Renfrewshire; it is operated by the University of Strathclyde and supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High-Value Manufacturing Catapult, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Renfrewshire Council.

The Engineering Services Team (EST) is part of the NMIS Operations Group and provides a framework of management and support services. An opportunity for a Project Manager role has emerged as part of recent changes to the Engineering Services team. Reporting to the Engineering Services Manager, the Project Manager will be a key role in the successful establishment of core and facilities related capability and across the entire group of NMIS sites.

The post holder will be an important project management resource for the team, providing a focal point in working closely with the NMIS project delivery teams as well as suppliers and contractors. The Project Manager role will plan and oversee all aspects of specific projects within the Engineering Service team. Responsible for meeting the projects’ goals on time and within budget, the role will include all monitoring and appropriate reporting to various stakeholder groups. You will be required to organise people, tasks and resources to bring about successful outcomes.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of Degree level in a relevant subject or have equivalent professional experience. You will have experience of working as a Project Manager, possess excellent information handling management skills, very strong numerical skills and have a careful eye for detail. The role demands an effective communicator who is able to work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and is also able to lead and influence teams to achieve project objectives. A strong aptitude for finding solutions to problems and issues is a key aspect of the role with experience of making decisions with incomplete information at pace and in ambiguous settings a key requirement.

A full Driving Licence and access to your own vehicle is essential as the job requires travel between NMIS sites as necessary.

For informal enquiries please contact Lisa Michie, Engineering Services Manager - lisa.michie@strath.ac.uk
 
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  • Salary range: £43,414 - £53,353
  • FTE: 1
  • Term: Open-ended
  • Closing Date: 09 October 2022

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland has been established.

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


NMIS is delivered in partnership through Scottish Enterprise. NMIS is a truly collaborative project, with partners including the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council, Renfrewshire Council and the UK government through the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The University of Strathclyde is the host University for NMIS, which will link to the wider academic communities in Scotland through the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering and across the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult network.


NMIS will encompass a dedicated facility that will house the Manufacturing Skills Academy (MSA), Digital Factory and the Innovation Collaboratory. Along with this dedicated new facility, existing and developing research centres will also be part of the broader NMIS Group including the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC). The posts advertised here will be initially based in one of these centres.


The NMIS Digital Factory’s Machining and Additive Manufacturing Team is seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Machining Sub-Team Lead/KE Fellow, to lead and manage the Machining Theme Leads and deliver high-value research and knowledge exchange programmes.

Reporting to the Machining and Additive Manufacturing Team Lead, the Machining Sub-Team Lead will build world-leading research offering around Machining Processes. This will involve the candidate anticipating the direction of Advanced Machining to develop a credible technical roadmap and research strategy and deliver industrial research projects. The post holder will be expected to work between NMIS and its industrial partners and there will be a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange and process improvement.


To achieve the above, the Machining Sub-Team Lead will require significant research and/or industrial experience in at least two of the following areas:

• A broad knowledge and experience of Advanced Machining Processes, particularly relating to machining applications, machine tools, machining software systems
• Technical and commercial Leadership across a range of machining industrial projects.
• Experience in management of engineering teams
• Experienced in the development of complex methods of manufacture for high integrity industries.

• Engineering experience with applied analytical methods, providing applied scientific understanding of the machining process.
• Experience in using analytical tools, such as sensory tool holders, machining dynamics, finite element analysis and data analytics, for the machining processes
• Experience in CAD/CAM, verification tools and method of manufacture development

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree and PhD for example in mechanical/materials engineering or design engineering. We are also interested in candidates with equivalent industrial experience.

For informal enquiries, please contact Stephen Fitzpatrick, Machining & AM Team Lead - s.fitzpatrick@strath.ac.uk 

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  • Salary range: £34,308 - £42,155
  • FTE: 1
  • Term: Fixed (2 years)
  • Closing Date: 25 September 2022 

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow possesses a large internationally rated Engineering Faculty with a proud history of successful joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As part of the University’s strategic development the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has been established near Glasgow’s International Airport. The AFRC is the embodiment of a £30 million collaborative investment by Industrial, Academic and Government partners seeking to establish a world-leading research facility for forging and forming technologies.

The AFRC is seeking to appoint an experienced Materials Knowledge Exchange (KE) Associate to support the delivery of high value research programmes focused on the characterisations, assessments and modelling of microstructure and mechanical properties in forged or formed components. Recently the Centre has invested significantly in novel forging equipment suitable for large scale investigations and is rapidly developing a multi-disciplinary group that specialises in this area. The KE Associate will also support the delivery of scientific research programmes on materials modelling, simulation of industrial-scale manufacturing processes such as forging (e.g., open-die and closed-die).

The candidate will also be expected to support and contribute to high-value industrial funding proposals in support of a range of projects across the Centre. The post holder will be expected to work between the AFRC and its industrial and academic partners and there will be a strong emphasis on knowledge exchange.

To achieve the above the KE will preferably require some research and/or industrial experience in the following technical areas:

• A good basic knowledge of materials and the way that manufacturing processes can develop or modify a material’s microstructure to achieve desired mechanical properties.
• The use of finite element-based software (e.g. ABAQUS, DEFORM, QForm or similar) for process simulation (e.g. forging, residual stress prediction), and microstructure modelling
• Techniques of materials characterisation e.g. SEM, EDX, WDS, EBSP, optical microscopy and mechanical testing

The post holder will require the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree and PhD for example in Materials Science, Materials Engineering or Mechanical Engineering; we are also interested in candidates with equivalent industrial experience.

To be considered for this role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline, or be educated to a minimum of 2:1 Honors degree in addition to significant relevant experience within a relevant industrial environment. The post holder will also have the ability to work autonomously, plan and prioritise their own workload with guidance from a team/project leader, and deal with complex problems presented to them by colleagues. Preferably, the individual will have 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/or academia. Lastly, the post holder may be required to make a contribution to the administrative activities of the AFRC including membership of relevant committees. You will have an established track record in providing engineering solutions in an industrial context as well as experience of supporting research and development of manufacturing processes. You will have excellent troubleshooting skills, including a methodical approach to solve complex problems and you will have the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

For informal enquiries, please contact Ioannis Violatos, Materials Modelling Theme Lead, ioannis.violatos@strath.ac.uk

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