We are seeking a Research Associate to work on a transdisciplinary £1 million EPSRC project on distributed manufacturing – working across management, economic geography and engineering. The RA will be based with me in the School of Management. This is an exciting opportunity to help reinvent the UK’s supply chains post COVID-19 and BREXIT, working with industry and policymakers to advance additive manufacturing solutions and political economy understandings of their impacts. Knowledge of the technologies is not a requirement but a general interest in digital transformation is desirable.
Based at Bristol University Management School with Dr Jennifer Johns, you will work as part of a transdisciplinary team in collaboration with researchers in Engineering and Management. You will work on business models and industry engagement to support the ‘Brokering Additive Manufacturing (BAM)’ project at the University of Bristol. The UKRI via EPSRC awarded this 18 month, £1 million research grant led by Dr James Gopsill.
The project will produce revolutionary means to broker jobs for highly distributed and diverse manufacturing systems that will meet society’s manufacturing drivers of Big Demand, dynamic production constraints and manufacturing independence. This meets national demand for greater supply chain flexibility in the context of uncertainty and disruption due to factors such as COVID-19 and Brexit. BAM’s vision is of a queue, potentially cloud-based, where jobs can be submitted to and offered to the entire additive manufacturing (AM) capability of a local, regional, nation and/or global community.
Bringing together researchers from across two Faculties at the University of Bristol, you will work on researching the demand for BAM, via qualitative and qualitative methods, developing supporting business models, engaging with industry to support the implementation and potential impact of BAM and working with local, regional and national policymakers. You will be based in the School of Management with Dr Jennifer Johns and will be working with two other Research Associates based in Engineering. The Research Associates will work together to enhance their interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.
What will you be doing?
Your responsibilities include setting up and managing the qualitative interviewing, recruiting participants, survey data collection, data pre-processing and analysis, and disseminating the results through publications, conference presentations, and public engagement activities. You will take a pro-active role in enhancing our reputation for high quality research. You should be capable of delivering first class research that combines theoretical sophistication with practical relevance and impact.
You should apply if
You will hold a PhD in a relevant area (or equivalent qualifications/experience). We will consider applicants from across the social sciences, humanities and engineering. You will have the ability to produce high quality research publications for appropriate career stage. Experience of working in a multidisciplinary research project team is desirable.
You will also be able to demonstrate good organizational abilities, experience of either qualitative or quantitative data collection (training can be provided as both will be required in the role) strong analytical skills, ability to deliver projects within a specified timescale and ability to communicate complex ideas to a range of different audiences across disciplines. You should have an ability to meet deadlines, a commitment to acquiring new knowledge and skills and an interest in working with STEM. The project will involve close liaison with other academics and key personnel in the project – an ability to work in a collaborative setting with a range of stakeholders including industry and government is essential. Knowledge of business models, innovation, new technologies like 3D printing and awareness of digital transformation is desirable.
Informal Enquiries to Dr Jennifer Johns – firstname.lastname@example.org. The contract is open ended with fixed funding for 18 months.
This advert will close at 23:59 GMT on Monday 28 June 2021.
We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.
The post is full time for 18 months, starting 1st October. Flexible working arrangements possible, open to discussion.
Informal enquiries to me please.