Jobs at BRL

Research Associate – Robotics for Nuclear Environments
Ref: 1658506

Job Overview

The Universities of Manchester, West of England and Birmingham, in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and supported by Sellafield Ltd., have recently secured funding from the EPSRC for a 5-year project to undertake fundamental research in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) which will enable step changes to be made in the capabilities of industrial robotic solutions for use in the nuclear industry.

You will be based at the University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility in West Cumbria and will also spend time at NNL’s Workington Rig Hall, where there are large-scale test facilities. You will work closely with researchers at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham.

The University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF) has state-of-the-art irradiation test facilities and strong links with Sellafield Ltd, the NDA, the National Nuclear Laboratory and the nuclear supply chain. In 2011, the Dalton Nuclear Institute was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in the Diamond Jubilee round for its “internationally renowned research and skills training for the nuclear industry”.

You will work as part of the DCF Robotics Group, a team comprising of PhD students, PDRAs and academics with expertise in communications, sensing, control, embedded systems and platform design. You will be required to travel regularly to Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham for project meetings, and also to liaise with collaborators from industry. You will also be expected to travel overseas from time to time to attend conferences and to meet with collaborating organisations.

This project will provide the successful candidate with the ideal introduction into the challenges faced in deploying robotic systems in the nuclear industry and the size and scope of problems therein. It will also provide a unique opportunity to interact with engineers from both the supply chain and end users in the UK and Japan.

Other benefits, in addition to salary:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 Days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
  • flexible working;
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
  • family friendly policies;
  • option to purchase childcare vouchers.

Please follow the link below for full job description and person specification for the role.

Salary Band
£28,452 - £32,004
per annum
Working Pattern
Full Time,
37 hours per week
Closing Date
3 Aug 2017 @ 23:59
Anticipated Interview Date
To Be Confirmed
 Type of Post/Duration
Fixed Term, 36 months
Post End Date 2 July 2020
 Location
Based at University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility in West Cumbria
Further Details
For an informal discussion, please contact
Alan Winfield on 01173282644 or
Tony Pipe on 0117 3286330.
How to Apply

Page last updated 17 July 2017

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