The Institute for Manufacturing has the following vacancies:


Operations and Office Manager - ideaSpace Cambridge Biomedical Campus
(Full-time 37.5 hours per week.)

ideaSpace exists to create the best community for, and environment to support, the creation of high impact ventures in Cambridge.


Role Summary:

  • The Operations and Office Manager is primarily responsible for leading activities related to ideaSpace operations, performance and impact data, and for managing the ideaSpace Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) location.
  • Management of the CRM and other systems
  • Responsibility for the continued management and maintenance of the CRM and other ideaSpace systems, ensuring accurate and current data is available. Act as an ‘expert user’ and being prepared to offer training and support to other users.
  • Office Management
  • Providing effective management of the CBC office to ensure that it is a productive and attractive environment for members and guests to work in. Facilitating community engagement.
  • Operational Support
  • Responsibility for business processes, procedures and their delivery. Project management of operational projects.

The role is based at ideaSpace South, Biomedical Campus, Cambridge. The Operations and Office Manager will report to the ideaSpace Director and work in conjunction with the ideaSpace Director and the wider ideaSpace team, who are based at ideaSpace City (Laundress Lane, Cambridge) and ideaSpace West (Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge)

The ideaSpace team:
The team is employed by IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd, under contract from the University of Cambridge.


Download the Operations and Office Manager job specification


To apply, please send CV and covering letter to Lory Peresson-Robinson, Project and Operations Manager:

and please complete this form Operations and Office Manager Application Form


Closing date for applications: 3 June 2019.


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EPSRC DTP Studentship - Autonomous Material Discovery and Manufacture by Learning 3D Printers 


3D printing offers virtually limitless opportunities to design materials because it enables the control of geometry, material composition, and processing conditions at every point in an object. In the same way that biological materials are able to achieve properties far beyond those of their constituents through complex and locally varying structure, novel 3D printed materials could therefore feature unprecedented combinations of properties and functionality. Such new materials could enable whole new classes of applications including medical devices that feel like natural parts of a patient's body, wearable robots, or even 3D printed houses. 


However, realising this potential requires us to understand the complex interactions that govern material properties in these systems. To address this challenge, this project will develop 3D printers that can learn how to make a desired material. The project will include building 3D printers and working with them to develop new materials and devices. The student will gain experience in a broad range of areas including machine design, materials science, and machine learning. There will also be diverse opportunities for collaboration to realise applications in, for example, wearable and medical devices. 


Please contact Dr Sebastian Pattinson if you would like to discuss this studentship opportunity.


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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'.


Please contact Dr Veronica Martinez if you would like to discuss this studentship opportunity.


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PhD Studentship - Distributed Intelligence and Asset Management


A PhD studentship is available to work on the Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure project funded by EPSRC and BT.


The student Associate will work with the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing. One of the key areas of focus for the project is the development of autonomic system in which software agents mirror or twin with physical nodes. This focusses on the development of the 'knowledge layer' - an architecture for control of the network of service and communications nodes.


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EPSRC iCASE Studentship - Digital Manufacturing (x2 positions available)


Two PhD studentships are available to work in the area of digital manufacturing. These PhD positions will examine research issues of interest to both Siemens and Cambridge and might include (for example) development of low cost industrial automation solutions ("Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring"); the application of internet of things (IoT) in an industrial context; development and use of digital models of processes and products (so called digital twins); automation systems as a service offering; and digital applications in maintenance and asset management ("Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring").


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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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