University of Bath

University of Bath

Research Associate - Centre for People Led Digitalisation (FM11425)

Job title Research Associate - Centre for People Led Digitalisation

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Starting from £37,099, rising to £44,263

Grade Grade 7

Contract Type Full Time, Fixed Term

Placed on Monday 05 February 2024

Closing date Monday 19 February 2024

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference FM11425

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About the role:

This role will focus on digitization in the automotive sector and in particular the use of digital twins throughout the product lifecycle. A preliminary study has identified five key themes that describe the people- related opportunities and challenges within the sector. You are expected to undertake a deeper investigation into these themes whilst also contributing to the cross-sector learning objectives of the Centre for People-Led Digitalisation (C-PLD).

You will be expected to build on this research through further, targeted interviews to explore the key themes in more depth. After developing a deep understanding of these themes, we will expect you to oversee a series of workshop activities aimed at identifying practical actions and methods that will bring overcome the challenges and realize the positive uptake of digital tools.

In this role you will work in collaboration with the IAAPS academic group and their industrial contacts. Based at the University of Bath within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, you will work alongside academics, researchers, PhD students and engineers.

This position is offered on a full time, fixed term basis from April 2024 until the end of February 2025.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Professor Richard Burke at [email protected], however please ensure you submit your application through our website.

About you:

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field
  • Experience in the use of mixed methods research approach
  • Confidence in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Good communication skills, verbal and written
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals
  • For a full Person Specification please see the Job Description attached below.

    You will have the attributes to develop into a kind and culturally team player who fosters an environment where every individual is valued and respected, regardless of their background or identity. You will proactively seek out diverse perspectives, recognizing the richness and creativity this brings to decision-making and problem-solving.

    You will remain optimistic in the face of challenges, seeing them as opportunities for growth and innovation. You will understand that change is inevitable and necessary, actively encouraging those around you to adapt and evolve. By promoting a culture of openness and inclusivity, coupled with a willingness to listen as well as a readiness to embrace change, you will contribute profoundly to a dynamic and empowered team that can thrive in today's rapidly changing world.

    What we can offer you:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • Find out more about our benefits.

    We consider ourselves to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

    Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

    Further details:
  • Job Description & Person Specification

  • Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

    Job details

    Title

    Research Associate - Centre for People Led Digitalisation (FM11425)

    Employer

    University of Bath

    Location

    United Kingdom

    Published

    February 06, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 19, 2024

    Job type

    Research

    Field

    Computer Science,Engineering,Space Science

    About the employer

    Situated in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, University of Bath is a public university that received its royal charter in 1966. The University of Bath has been consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK and is known for its expertise in research and teaching. In 2004, the university launched the SET squared Partnership with the universities of Bristol, Southampton, and Surrey. This is the largest partnership ever, comprises of a combined staff of 6,400 researchers, and has a research budget of £266 million.

    The university is known for its four faculties: management, science, humanities and social science, and engineering and design. The university has been recognized for its excellence in research facilities and according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 87 percent of the university's research has been defined as world-leading. Notably, the university's research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people won a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. The university's research grants and contracts portfolio is worth around £150 million.

    The university constantly finishes at the top of student satisfaction rankings and excelling in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology. It was also awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Because of its high-quality teaching, Bath's graduates are highly sought after by the UK's top employers.

    In 2004, Bath University invested in creating a sports training village, which has emerged as one of the best training centers for athletes in Europe. In 2013, the University became a founder member of GW4, an alliance of universities sharing intellectual and physical resources. Also, in the same year, the university opened a block of 75 flats for students living on campus. In 2012, the university began a three-year campus improvement project to improvise and expand student accommodation, teaching space, and a £10million arts centre. The university has invested over £450 million on its campus over the last decade.

    In 2015, the university inaugurated a specialized area for arts, education, and events. The University of Bath has a well-built infrastructure with all the essential facilities and amenities a student will require. The university gives equal focus on sports and offers one of the best sports facilities in the UK. The university-based athletes won six medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Almost one-fourth of the students enrolled are from outside the UK, so, the university offers a perfect internationally diverse experience. Airbus, World Bank, Nike, Ford, and Rolls Royce are some of the industry leaders, which collaborate with the university.

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