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MSCA ITN Early Stage Researcher SAFERUP!

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Nottingham
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer scienceOther
    EngineeringComputer engineering
    Other
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/08/2020 00:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    United Kingdom › Nottingham
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    36.25
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    MSCA-RH45ND-ENG1387
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    765057

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher Post in Civil Engineering Materials and Pavement Engineering

Salary £30,776-£38,671pa in accordance with the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie financial guidelines for this scheme

 

Applications are invited to work with Dr Alvaro Garcia Hernandez as part of a European-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, “SAFERUP!”. Successful applicants will receive fully-funded PhD-level training at the University of Nottingham with the possibility of enrolling for a PhD at the university. This is a full-time position for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the field of civil engineering materials and pavement engineering, with special emphasis on the design of autonomous systems to repair roads. The ESR will work on an individual project titled Robotic Fast Repair of Asphalt Concretes (RoboFRAC). The goal is to demonstrate the use of robots to repair cracks in asphalt road surfaces. We will use 3D printing technology installed in an autonomous vehicle to repair cracks in an asphalt road. The purpose of this project will be to develop a robot that is able to circulate autonomously through a road, detecting and closing cracks.

 

Our long-term aim is to produce pavements that are free of cracks, since they are continuously repaired by means of robots. In this project we will contribute to reach this aim by designing an autonomous vehicle that is able to detect cracks and fill them with hot bitumen. With this purpose, we will design a hot bitumen dispenser that is controlled by machine vision and installed on a rover. The rover will move to the crack locations, and the dispenser will fill the cracks with hot bitumen autonomously. To do this, we will use state-of-the-art computational and experimental techniques that will allow us to accelerate and simplify crack repairs in the field.

 

The major tasks of the research activity are as follows.

 

Task 1: In the laboratory, improve the 3D printer to fill realistic cracks in asphalt mixture (bitumen and bigger stones, which is the material that is used to build road surfaces). The RA will select the most appropriate work configuration, such as temperature, and materials, and use the 3D printer to fill realistic cracks with polymer modified bitumen.

 

Task 2: Build a robotic rover with a bitumen dispenser in it and use it to deliver bitumen onsite. This will imply creating a demonstrator onsite and fill cracks in pavements at the campus of the University of Nottingham.

 

Task 3: Program the robot to select the cracks that can be repaired rather than filling every crack; use machine learning for that. This will require to investigate the type of cracks that can be filled and teach a software to recognize them from their surface aspect.

 

Due to the technical complexity of the work, the ESR will need to occasionally design new components and tools that will enable him or her to do the research, for example, a bitumen dispenser powered by a battery that keeps the bitumen hot for long periods, and a machine vision system to recognise cracks and control the bitumen dispenser and the movements of the rover. This will involve knowledge of machine vision, electronics, mechanical engineering, and machine programming.

 

The ESR will acquire ample experience in the fields of robotics, measurements, and roads maintenance. The second expected result will be the development of novel repair techniques that will allow to reduce maintenance costs, CO2 emissions, accidents and traffic disruptions. We expect that this project will have a tremendous impact in the future of road’s maintenance.

 

SAFERUP! aims at providing cities with innovative solutions that will form the future urban paved environment, by training talented researchers in the fields of: smart, recycled and durable paving materials; enhancing accessibility and safety of vulnerable users (e.g. elderly & disabled); studying user behaviour; analysing life cycles; managing wash-off water and bioremediation; producing tempered and acoustic pavements; enabling energy harvesting and self-sensing technologies. The SAFERUP! Consortium believes in this future and has created a unique team of world leading commercial and academic research engineers and scientists, with a diverse range of expertise needed to develop the novel solutions required to deliver this future and its anticipated benefits. The successful applicant will be one of fifteen ESRs undertaking PhDs/PhD-level research and training programme designed to optimise multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral experience through secondments and a variety of SAFERUP!-wide fora. All ESRs’ projects are interrelated and considerable synergies, trans-project contributions and collaborations will occur. A key focus of the training will be career planning, entrepreneurship and skills development in particular communication. SAFERUP! participants with communication expertise will develop the communication and dissemination strategy to maximise the exploitation of the developed solutions. SAFERUP! will create a new generation of professionals with multidisciplinary expertise in urban pavements and related fields appealing to employers, who will expand the social benefits of the new urban pavements well beyond the end of SAFERUP!.

 

The training can be completed through a secondment at Technical University of Wuhan, to work on asphalt mixtures. CEPSA, Spain, in order to understand the industrial innovations development process and initiate the implementation of results into current commercial products, and UCL, in order to work on 3D printed materials.

 

The candidate is required to have a master degree in Mechanical Engineering or any other relevant Engineering discipline giving access to the PhD school and NOT to hold any PhD degree. Previous research experience is not essential however any applicants with research experience must be within the first four years of their research career. Candidates should have excellent technical, mathematical and data analysis skills and inter-personal and communication skills - both written and oral. Further requirements are excellent team-working skills and excellent research paper or report writing skills. Candidates must be highly-motivated with the ability to set and meet deadlines appropriate to the progress of the project. Further, experience of project planning within a research or development environment and experience of conducting original research that has been published in high quality journals will be highly considered, as is experience of presenting work at international conferences and to industry. Willingness to travel internationally for the purpose of research, training and dissemination is mandatory.

 

Eligibility requirements

This Marie Curie post is full-time fixed term for up to 28/02/2022; after which time there is the likely possibility for appointment as a PhD fellow, until a total of 36 months. Candidates matching the required profile will be evaluated until a successful candidate is appointed. There are strict eligibility rules associated with the recruitment of Early Stage Researchers in MSCA Innovative Training Networks (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/).

 

Career: At the time of recruitment, the ESR must hold a Masters degree giving access to PhD and have not more than 4 years of previous research activity. Candidates must not have already obtained a PhD.

Mobility: Transnational mobility is an essential requirement of Marie Skłodwska-Curie Training Networks. At the time of recruitment, the ESR must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date and not have carried out in the UK his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.). Applicants will be able to do secondments, that could happen at Wuhan University of Technology, a Spanish petroleum company (CEPSA), or UCL.

Language: A good knowledge of spoken and written English is required and will be evaluated during the selection process.

 

The work will take place at the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC), within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, which is the largest of its kind in the UK and among the top five in the world. Over the last fifty years, the research group has played a key role in developing innovative experimental facilities for materials and pavement testing as well as analytically based methods for the design and evaluation of asphalt pavements.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Alvaro Garcia Hernandez (Alvaro.Garcia@nottingham.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

More Information

Benefits

  • Generously funded ESR position
  • High profile research projects in an Innovative Training Network 
  • Excellent facilities for research and education
  • Research training in both academic and industrial settings
  • Training in state-of-the-art scientific and transferable skills
  • Intensive contacts with international collaborators & secondments in other research institutions

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be eligible according to MSCA ITN ESR criteria: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/sites/mariecurie2/files/msca-itn-fellows-note_en_v2.pdf

 

Eligibility requirements

This Marie Curie post is full-time fixed term for up to 28/02/2022; after which time there is the likely possibility for appointment as a PhD fellow, until a total of 36 months. Candidates matching the required profile will be evaluated until a successful candidate is appointed. There are strict eligibility rules associated with the recruitment of Early Stage Researchers in MSCA Innovative Training Networks (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/).

 

Career: At the time of recruitment, the ESR must hold a Masters degree giving access to PhD and have not more than 4 years of previous research activity. Candidates must not have already obtained a PhD.

Mobility: Transnational mobility is an essential requirement of Marie Skłodwska-Curie Training Networks. At the time of recruitment, the ESR must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date and not have carried out in the UK his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.). Applicants will be able to do secondments, that could happen at Wuhan University of Technology, a Spanish petroleum company (CEPSA), or UCL.

Language: A good knowledge of spoken and written English is required and will be evaluated during the selection process.

Selection process

Additional comments

The University of Nottingham is focused on embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. As part of this, we welcome a diverse population to join our work force and therefore encourage applicants from all communities, particularly those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
 

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Person specification

Essential

Skills

• Excellent technical, mathematical and data analysis skills

• Excellent written and oral inter-personal and communication skills

• Excellent team-working skills

• Excellent research paper or report writing skills

• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

• Good knowledge of spoken and written English

Knowledge and experience

• Research experience in a relevant area (see above).

Qualifications, certification and training (relevant to role)

Excellent Masters Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Civil Engineering/Materials Sciences/Physics), enabling the candidate to register for a doctoral degree at the University of Nottingham

Desirable

Experience of:

• Project planning within a research or development environment

• Conducting original research that has been published in high quality journals

• Presenting work at international conferences and to industry

 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom
Nottingham
NG9 2RD

EURAXESS offer ID: 525415

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