Opportunities at IfM

The Institute for Manufacturing has the following vacancies:



Project and Operations Manager (Maternity cover, part-time 31 hours per week)

IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd (IfM ECS)


Role Summary

IfM ECS works with companies, policymakers and other universities to put new ideas from the Institute for Manufacturing into practice. We do this through consultancy, executive and professional education, events and open courses.
The Project and Operations Manager’s primary responsibilities are to provide company-wide operational support, to manage and maintain business systems and to oversee consultancy project support, particularly with regard to quality assurance.

  • Operational Support
  • Responsibility for supporting the development and testing of business processes and procedures and their delivery. Deployment and execution of quality assurance processes. Project management of operational projects.
  • Management of the CRM and other systems Responsibility for the continued management and maintenance of the CRM, Qualtrics and Moodle systems, ensuring accurate and current data is available. Act as an ‘expert user’ and being prepared to offer training and support to other users. Occasional development (via a third party developer.)
  • Consultancy Support To oversee IfM ECS customer-facing administration and provide support for consultancy engagements, including the management of transcription and proofreading services. Working with other ECS teams to ensure good quality consultancy standards.

For full details of the role, please download the job specification.


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To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to Anna Rowntree, Project and Operations Manager, IfM Education Consultancy Services:

Email - car68@cam.ac.uk 


The closing date is Wednesday 28th November.



4 Year PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering

The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision is a new national training and research centre based in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and the Centre for Precision Engineering at Cranfield University.


We train future leaders of UK manufacturing industry and academe, equipped with enhanced research, analytical, and innovation skills that will enable them to successfully address the full range of ultra precision manufacturing problems of the future.


We aim to produce a new generation of ultra precision research engineers that will deliver future developments in precision manufacturing technology and systems capable of delivering nanometer levels of precision. Research topics will explore materials processing technologies including, focused ion beam machining, reactive atom plasma processing, ultra-fast laser processing, micro-diamond machining, and on-line metrology. In addition to the design, development, and operation of advanced production platforms capable of direct-write nanofabrication, roll-to-roll printing and forming, micro additive and subtractive processing.


More details can be found by clicking here.



EPSRC PhD Studentship - Digital technology in the service design and lifecycle

Applications are invited for an EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Grant in Digital technology in the service design and lifecycle to start in January/February 2019.


Digital technologies such as Digital Twins, Industry 4.0, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence among others are changing the way industrial firms operate and communicate. The Digital Twin is one of the newest and most promising technologies that will change the way we operate and live. We know that real-time data is crucial for proactive and effective feedback into better delivery of products and services that enhance users' experience.

To date, we don't know to what extent the Digital Twin could improve on the design, making and sustainability of products and services and the effects on end-users. In response to this need, the objective of this doctoral project is to create a living digital twin of an aerospace engine to monitor the engine in-use and understand the effects on conceptual design and users' behaviours (including end-uses). By getting the data coming from the asset in real-time use, it informs how the asset is behaving in action, some of the aspects to be studied are the efficiencies, times, etc. And concurrently it feeds information to improve the conceptual designs of engines and their services provided to users.

This proposal fits under the DTP's umbrella particularly on the area of 'Emerging technologies, human behaviour and productivity'.


To apply for this position, please click here. 



Opportunities for research students

Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering

The IfM integrates research and education across the spectrum from production technologies through management to policy, with practical application in industry. We are always keen to hear from outstanding students for our MPhil and three-year PhD Research Degrees. Grants may be available. 


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