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The project will develop a novel wireless accelerometer and the primary outcome will be a demonstrator device and the knowledge transfer of the design processes and application domains. The project plan consists of several development stages for both the associate and the product itself. In brief this consists of evaluating a market (i.e. within the Civil Engineering or Sports domains), identifying the design requirements and developing signal processing and data transfer strategies appropriate to the application. The physical deliverable will be a miniature wireless accelerometer which is controlled from a computer or mobile device and the associated software programmes, electronic designs, and packaging.
The KTP Associate will undertake:
- a literature review including market analysis, on wireless communications
- a review of current accelerometer manufacturing techniques
- initial research into application domains and produce product specification
- prototype hardware/software/firmware development
- patent application submission
- beta product testing
- product development
- industry discussions with potential customers for the product.
- Final Reporting
During the course of the KTP the Associate will have the opportunity to develop the following managerial and technical competencies:
- Significant experience and expertise in project management and team working within an industrial manufacturing environment
- Good communication and presentation skills to a wide variety of key stakeholders
- Ability to plan industrial/academic research and development projects and complete them on schedule
- Good negotiation skills for dealing with commercial contacts, suppliers, customers etc.
- Knowledge of costing and commercial process associated with product development
- To develop an understanding of the costing and pricing infrastructure of product development
- To enhance technical skills in electronic design.
- To gain an understating of quality assurance and the importance of customer requirements
- To be immersed fully in a commercial R&D environment and meet the company’s technical development challenges
- To understand the manufacturing process within a very niche manufacturing field with a broad range of applications.
- To work with and learn from scientists with many years experience in the field and contribute directly to product development and commercialisation
- To apply research and academic expertise in a real-time commercial context
- To enhance their professional development and develop skills in project management
- To become an expert in a very specialist field of engineering but with many potential application domains.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Carry out the KTP project tasks and deliver the outcomes as outlined in the project plan.
- Manage the project and disseminate the findings to the project team.
- Undertake KTP management training, as well as other courses as deemed necessary.
- Write R&D reports, and present these at the Local Management Committee (LMC) meetings, as well as at national conferences and symposia with other members of the project team.
- Prepare research papers for publication in highly acclaimed learned journals, in line with the expected scholarly activities of the University Research Staff, but in accordance to the commercial sensitivity of collaborating companies.
- Travel to Company clientele and to various other locations within the UK, and possibly overseas, as required.
- To undertake such other duties as may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post.
- An MEng (2.1 or equivalent) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering or Mechanical/manufacturing Engineering providing the course included electronic design. Related disciplines with similar degree subject coverage (including BEng with strong relevant competencies) are also acceptable.
- Past experience of electronic design and assembly.
- Experience in one or more of the following additional areas:
- Embedded software development.
- Mechanical vibration testing.
- Piezoelectronic accelerometers and charge amplifiers.
- Experience of team and project working in a multi-disciplinary environment. (Desirable)
- Experience of two or more of the additional areas listed in the essential criteria. (Desirable)
Skills and Abilities
- Good written communication skills, ability to produce professional standard reports
- A good standard of oral English and the ability to be clear and concise in verbal communications
- Good personal and presentational skills
- Good research skills and ability to handle data
- Good time management skills
- Good computer skills including Word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software
- A person qualified at NVQ Level 4 in an appropriate subject (HNC/D or equivalent) up to PhD, who has the potential to be a business leader of tomorrow
- To observe the University Equal Opportunities policies at all times
- Flexibility in working conditions and hours
- Licensed to drive in the UK (Desirable)
Click here to download information on how you will be assessed throughout the application process.
Conditions of Service
This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for a period of 24 Months.
The successful candidate will be employed by Loughborough University, but will be based at Mildenhall, Suffolk.
The appointment will be subject to the Conditions of Service for Academic and Related Staff, insofar as they do not conflict with the working practices of the Company with which you will be expected to comply, details can be found here.
The successful candidate will be employed as a KTP Associate by Loughborough University and will be based at DJB Instruments (UK) Ltd. The work will also involve travel between the company and Loughborough University. The successful applicant will also need to travel to management training/courses and to interact with Company clientele.
Interviews will be held at the offices of DJB Instruments Ltd on 26th June 2015.
A KTP (KnowledgeTransfer Partnership) is a collaboration between a university and company, jointly funded by the Company and Innovate UK.
This KTP is between Loughborough University and DJB Instruments (UK) Ltd. KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base.