Research Associate Vacancy in Oil Quality Monitoring Systems for Future Gas Turbines

  • Contract Type: This post is fixed term for 12 months
  • Working Pattern: Full-time
  • Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
  • Department: Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
  • Salary: Grade 7: £30,175 - £38,183
  • Closing Date: 12th June 2017


We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the design and development oil quality sensing systems for the next generation of geared-fan gas turbine engines. This post is within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in
Control and Monitoring Systems Engineering housed in Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

The researcher will use their knowledge of tribology, and in particular the interaction of lubricants with dynamic systems, to develop degradation models as part of an oil state estimation scheme. The developed models will be validated on
experimental data from pilot-scale rigs and used to influence the sensor selection and processing algorithms that will be used in the oil sensing systems. Assessment of the sensing scheme in the presence of operational disturbances will form an important part of the system development. The project will be collaborative with industrial partners and deliver an effective sensing system to be deployed onto large-scale Industrial test rigs and future engines.

The successful applicant will work with Centre’s multi-disciplinary team to research and develop innovative technologies in support of the Centre’s Control and Health Management Research Vision. The work will be collaborative with researchers
developing oil sensing hardware, and will work with the Department’s expertise in system identification and state estimation.

Applicants should provide evidence of initiative in applying technical skills to real world problems and a drive to see solutions deployed within Industrial products. Applicants should hold a good first degree in a relevant area along with a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant area. Above all, we are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in technology and a thirst to explore new technologies, learn and apply their engineering skills to real-world control systems problems.

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