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Research and Design Development Associate (KTP)

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Full Time (Knowledge Transfer Partnership, fixed term for 36 months)

Location: Norscot Joinery Ltd, Bower Workshops, Wick, UK

Application closing date: 20th of March

Start date: April/May 2019

This is a great opportunity to be involved in the core business development strategy of Norscot Joinery Ltd. Norscot manufacture and supply timber frame house kits and external PVCu, timber and composite aluminium/timber windows and doors. The main customer for both their product ranges is the self-build and domestic market. They have a growing number of commercial clients including local authorities and housing associations. Their services include design, draughting, approvals, erecting timber frame structures and retrofitting windows and doors.

This KTP project will help Norscot design and implement a community-led user-centered design process with the objective of developing affordable, modular, ‘smart home’ to support the health and wellbeing needs of an ageing population. The Associate will be required to develop a broad understanding of different advanced knowledge fields: i.e. Smart Home Technologies, Value-Based Design, Open Innovation, Health, Wellbeing and Ageing – the challenge being to use this knowledge to guide the partnership in the development of usable products for different audiences. Technical challenges will include developing: 1. Easy to use, cost-effective and affordable solutions for the client; 2. A platform which meets current building regulations and housing policies; 3. Integrates well with existing products and solutions.

The opportunities available to you:

  • Potential to be retained in a permanent position within the company at the end of the project
  • £2,000 pa professional training and personal development budget
  • Residential leadership & management programme at Ashornehill College
  • Potential for performance-related bonus

For full details of qualifications, skills and experience required for the post, please review the available documents.

Find out more about Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University:

To arrange an informal phone conversation with one of the project team please contact:

Associate Professor Dr Farzad Pour Rahimian,

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and particularly from under-represented groups.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Northumbria University may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position.