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Research Fellow

Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Wednesday 23 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1381021DA

The µ-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre ( combines state-of-the-art equipment and 20 years of experience, plus the expertise of over 40 academic staff from across the University. The centre constitutes a strategic multimillion pound investment (>£5M) in high resolution X-Ray tomographic hardware, offering a unique user experience for advanced 3D imaging.  We specifically aim to provide a holistic approach to advanced 3D (volume) imaging, supporting all steps between original domain problem/query, through to verified, publishable conclusions. Internationally regarded as a renowned institution for X-ray Computed Tomography (CT), the Centre will host two of the largest high-energy micro-focus CT systems in the UK, as well as multiple smaller systems. µ-VIS is also proud to be one of the 4 designated University Centres forming a new £10M UK National Research Facility (NRF) for CT (

The role will require both lone and team working, with the need to multi-task, think creatively, and ensure conflicting deadlines are managed for time-critical projects. Knowledge and experience in the area of X-ray systems, image processing, and/or engineering principles and manufacturing methods is desirable, although training will be provided in specific areas. It is essential you hold a PhD level qualification in either engineering or physical sciences related to 3D image processing, tomographic reconstruction, and/or X-ray imaging technology, and their applications. Candidates with equivalent qualifications and/or relevant work experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience of programming will be beneficial.

Key accountabilities and responsibilities include:

•       Coordination with users on both research (academics from within the University of Southampton, as well as national and international communities) as well as commercial projects from conception through to dissemination

•       Development of project proposals, experimental planning, and execution of proof-of-principle trials, through to full project delivery.

•       Contribute new knowledge to the field through publications and conference presentations

•       Training students, junior colleagues and new researchers in techniques and the safe and effective use of equipment

•       Understand and communicate equipment/technique capabilities and limitations

•       Maintain communications, job tracking, liaising with colleagues and users to ensure reliable and efficient lab operations

•       Organise own time and tasks effectively

•       Engage and contribute to public engagement and outreach activities

•       Writing and curation of risk assessment and method statement guidelines, monitoring and facilitating health & safety compliance procedures

•       Data management & curation processes

This post is offered on a full-time, fixed term basis for 2 years.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities. This commits all our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

 *subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1381021DA on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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