Research Engineer (Thermodynamics Research)
£Competitve + 27 Days Holiday, Bonus, Pension
You will take on a materials focus and will require both theoretical and practical knowledge of materials. The research will broadly cover the mechanical and thermal limitations of metals, ceramics, composites, polymers, coatings and joints.
Applied research work typically spans Technology Readiness Level 3 to 7 and is linked with a well-defined product vision e.g. an investigation which focuses on the compatibility of different materials under particular operating conditions.
- Identify core technology specifications important to achieving the overall product vision specification
- Scope a technology investigation and identify major lead times, resource constraints, costs, and mismatches with the products milestone plan.
- Search, on-board and manage prototyping suppliers
- Build, test and trade-off feasible technology prototypes.
- Optimise prototypes for product integration and representative operating conditions.
- Assist with the selection of materials, manufacturing methods and suppliers for mass production.
Fundamental research work typically spans TRL 0 to 5 and results in technology or fundamental knowledge which could feature in a future product e.g. an investigation which starts at material composition level. You will:
- Identify an interesting core technology (or phenomenon) for investigation in line with the company vision.
- Perform a background investigation of literature and patents.
- Propose a scope of work and possible product applications.
- Create a model of the technology and build prototypes
- Validate models and refine the prototype design.