Postgraduate Research Opportunity -Vision controlled robot reconfiguration

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Postgraduate Research Opportunity

Athlone Institute of Technology seeks applications for a co-funded PhD by research between the Science Foundation Ireland Confirm Research Centre and a multinational Industry Partner.

Duration: 48 months

Location: Athlone Institute of Technology

Competition open to all suitably qualified candidates

Project Title: Vision controlled robot reconfiguration

Job Description:

Science Foundation Ireland ( recently approved funding for a dedicated research centre in the Smart Manufacturing. The Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing ( is a 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.

Injection Moulding machine set up can be time consuming especially in a validated process. To address this an industry co-funded PhD study has being designed to develop a complete ‘Digital twin’ of the moulding process which would simulate the machine set-up process and enable optimum set up  processing conditions to be established digitally to streamline physical machine set-ups. To accomplish this the successful candidate will be charged with augmenting an existing injection moulding pilot cell with pressure sensors and vision systems, and work with the larger team to develop models and  algorithms to optimise production. All data will be all compiled and used to create the digital twin. This data will be coupled with mould flow analysis for a complete simulation of Injection moulding process for a specific tool design.

The successful candidate will join an AIT confirm team of approximately 15 researchers and will have access to expertise in the wider €47 Million Confirm centre. The study is one of five PhD programmes co-sponsored by an Irish based multinational company who will assist in directing the projects.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience Necessary/Any Other Requirements:

First or high second (2.1) class honours degree in manufacturing engineering or a related discipline. Minimum IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 (for students with a degree from a non-English-speaking country. The candidate must be highly self-motivated and passionate about a career as a researcher.

Stipend: €18,500 per annum.

Please note:

Informal Enquiries to:

Name: Dr Declan Devine

Department: Materials Research Institute / Polymer Engineering

Email address:

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 17.00 on July 30th 2019.

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