Opportunities at IfM

The Institute for Manufacturing has the following vacancies:



STI Policy Specialist / STI Senior Policy Specialist – Industrial Economics & Sti Policy (full-time, 37.5 hours per week)

Closing date: 8 January 2019

Policy Links, IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS)

IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd (IfM ECS) is the consulting arm of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge. IfM ECS is wholly-owned by the University of Cambridge and its profits are gifted to the University to fund future research activities. Based at the IfM ECS, Policy Links is a not-for-profit innovation policy consultancy unit that helps governments develop more effective industrial innovation policies. The unit provides consulting, education and benchmarking services in the areas of technology, manufacturing and innovation policy.

Policy Links is the knowledge transfer unit of the Centre for Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (CSTI). The Unit works closely with academic colleagues to ensure that research outputs are put into policy practice.

In the UK, clients include the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK, and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult network. Internationally, clients include national and regional governments, as well as international organisations. Policy Links is supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. 

Role Summary

The selected candidate will have the following main responsibilities:

  • Evidence gathering and data analysis: Gathering of evidence to support delivery of consulting projects. This might include collection of primary data in the field, economic analysis, and the systematic reviews of international government reports and strategies.
  • Contribution to delivery of consulting projects: Working with members of the Policy Links team, contribute to a number of consultancy tasks as necessary to support project delivery.
  • Development of analytical tools. Working with academic colleagues, develop practice-oriented tools, frameworks and guidelines.
  • Drafting of briefs and reports. Explain economic and technical concepts and issues in a language accessible to a general audience.
  • Support in drafting of proposals. Monitor business opportunities in the UK and internationally and contribute to the drafting of proposals.

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

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to Lisa Roberts: ljr27@cam.ac.uk 

The closing date is 8 Januray 2019.



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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