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Post Doc Researcher in Process Automation in Athlone IT

Title of PostPost Doc Researcher in Process Automation
Reports toDr Declan Devine
Project AreaDevelopment of cloud manufacturing testbeds
Post Duration (Months)36 months
Third Level Institute & FacultyAthlone Institute of Technology
Internal Confirm Collaborator(s)Dr Sean Lyons, Dr Brian Lee, Dr Graeme Maxwell, Prof Noel O’Dowd
Work Package #WP4.1-3
ID REF #:WP4.1-3
Deadline for ApplicationsNovember 30th,   2017, at 17.00 p.m.
SALARY SCALE:IUA level 2 point 1 €36,488 pa


Manufacturing in Ireland is under continued threat from low-cost economies, as Ireland cannot compete in terms of Labour costs.  However, there is a new drive to overcome these challenges through the use of automation and interconnectivity of equipment in what is being called the fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0.  Ireland is seen as an ideal early adapter of these technologies due to our strong manufacturing and ICT base.  However, much work is needed to help companies realise this potential as few companies can afford to purchase a full suite of new interconnected equipment and few experts are available to guide them through the initial phase of implementation.

Due to AIT’s expertise and facilities in the polymer space, AIT will develop technologies in this space through the use of data analytics and automation to provide a test bed for companies to trial processes and equipment in the field of Smart Manufacturing.  These cloud-based polymer manufacturing pilot lines will be based on Modular injection moulding manufacturing cells and network enabled polymer extrusion and metrology lines.

To address these challenges, Science Foundation Ireland recently approved funding for a dedicated research centre in the Smart Manufacturing space.  The Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing is a new research centre based at the University of Limerick with partner institutions Athlone Institute of Technology, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Maynooth University and Limerick Institute of Technology.  The Centre, which is co-funded from industry, brings together 42 industry partners and 16 international manufacturing centres of excellence to focus on the development of smart manufacturing for applications across Ireland’s leading industrial sectors.  Confirm’s ambition is to become a world leader in smart manufacturing research and to enable Irish industry to fundamentally transform to a smart manufacturing ecosystem, delivering measurable and visible economic impact to Ireland.  The successful candidate will work with a world-class team of academics, researchers and industry partners in a highly innovative and motivated environment.



The successful candidate will carry out the following duties specific to this project:

·         Development of cloud manufacturing testbeds based on existing medical grade tube extrusion, filament extrusion, injection moulding machines augmented with robotics, automation and metrology equipment.

·         Integrate standalone equipment into intelligent processing cells

·         Supervision and Mentoring of graduate and postgraduate students

·         Preparation of peer-reviewed academic publications and scholarly dissemination

·         Development and writing of funding proposals

·         Industry engagement

·         Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by your Principal Investigator, the industry collaborator, or the University.

·         Support the Principal Investigator and research group in the design and development of the research programme.

·         Support if required, the development of proposals for research funding.

·         Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research as directed by the Principal Investigator.

·         Take responsibility as requested for day-to-day advice and support of research associated with the agreed research package.

·         Carry out administrative and management work associated with the programme of research.


Job Requirements:

Essential Criteria

  • PhD graduate in manufacturing engineering, robotics, automation, mechanical, or other relevant research area OR equivalent (PhD equivalent is defined as four years continuous research experience post the award of a primary honours degree that would enable you to commence a PhD programme)
  • Working knowledge of robotics, programming and/or systems integration
  • Demonstrated understanding of operational requirements for a successful research project and managing resources
  • Knowledge and application of the principles underpinning successful grant application
  • Proven ability to identify and fulfil the academic writing requirements for target publications
  • Proven record of working with team members and PhD students to help build their research skill and knowledge and to support and guide their professional development
  • Ability to generate new ideas and link and build upon existing ideas to generate unique concepts and solutions
  • Ability to write clearly and tailor communication style to meet the needs of the recipient.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of industrial collaborations and/or commercialising research.
  • Proven team leadership skills
  • Proven project management skills.
  • Proven record of ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines.
  • Experience in operation of polymer processing equipment (injection moulding and/extrusion)
  • Can demonstrate an ability to be an effective team player.
  • Can demonstrate planning and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and self-manage.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Knowledge of IP and copyright processes
  • Postgraduate qualification.
  • If non-native English speaker a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent


Informal Enquiries to:


Dr Declan Devine


Director Materials Research Institute

Email address:

[email protected]


090 646 8291


Please note:

  • In addition to the minimum qualifications, it may be necessary to introduce further shortlisting criteria. Therefore, candidates may be shortlisted based on qualifications and suitable experience, based on details given on the application form.
  • Applications must be submitted using the on-line E-recruitment form which may be accessed under vacancies at
  • AIT Staff should apply via the ESS system using their internal login details.


Only on-line e-recruitment application forms will be accepted.


The closing date for receipt of applications: 17.00p.m., Thursday 30th  November 2017


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