Senior Engineer in Chirp Sonar Research Project

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£35,238 - £51,150 per annum
Monday, 22 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 15 March 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date 15/03/2021
Salary £35,238 - £51,150 per annum
Job category/type Research

Job description

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Engineer to join the team on a 35-month fixed-term contract or until 31 January 2024, whichever is soonest, in the first instance.  This is an exciting opportunity to work at the interface between Academia and Industry, you will play a leadership role in developing the next generation sonar system for high-resolution underwater imaging. The developed sonar system will be deployed as an essential component of the hydrofoil vessel navigation and collision avoidance system.

This position is part of the £33m UKRI-funded Belfast Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies, the flagship programme for the UK Department for Transport's Maritime 2050 strategy aiming to produce the world's first fully autonomous electric hydrofoil vessel.

The Artemis autonomous sailing vessel will be the world’s first hydro-foiling and self-regenerating commercial vessel, capable of operating without the consumption of any fossil fuels which will pioneer the decarbonisation of maritime globally. As a Senior Engineer you will design the software and hardware architectures of a new sonar system and closely collaborate with both CWI (electronic, electroacoustic) and Artemis Technologies (mechanical, structural and naval) interdisciplinary engineering teams, at the design and technology evaluation stages. This project offers unique opportunities to gain new knowledge and experience across the range of technology areas including embedded systems design, electronics, sonar technology and naval design and engineering. Artemis Technologies and CWI have a proven record of accomplishment of converting innovative concepts to validated commercially oriented solutions. This project will not only create new commercial opportunities, but also help solve major environmental challenges through the use of zero-emission maritime technologies. 

ECIT is unique within the University in that it combines QUB academic and research staff with both industry-experienced Engineering and Commercial teams. Together these teams work to bring internal technology research into the realm of external industry partners to encourage adoption and raise the bar in Secure Connected Intelligence. As Engineers, we use a pragmatic approach to finding the right tool for the job, and are not dogmatic about any particular technology stack. You will find a mix of C, C++, Java, Python, Perl, R, Shell, VHDL and more.

The successful candidate must have and your CV/Cover letter should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Minimum of 2:1 Honours Degree, or equivalent, in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline.
  • Significant and extensive research and/or industrial product development experience involving the design of real-time embedded systems.
  • Demonstrable experience in the design and evaluation of electronic hardware architectures
  • Evidence of well-developed embedded software development skills in C++, C# or other relevant languages including the use of code configuration management.
  • Demonstrable experience in real-time operating systems for the embedded systems design.
  • Strong demonstrable experience in Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) design and applications.
  • A sustained track record of delivering quality outputs such as technical reports, major component design specifications and project ?deliverables which have successfully passed formal quality review procedures.

The successful candidate will be offered substantial opportunities to build his/her career, including training in leadership, innovation, commercialization and soft skills, and the opportunities in close collaboration with industrial partners (Artemis Technologies).

Closing date: Monday 15 March 2021

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen's University Belfast, via email resourcing@qub.ac.uk .

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and student body.  In particular, the School is committed to supporting the career progression of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in line with the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter. 

We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all.

However, our employment monitoring data tells us that individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+ are currently under-represented at the University. Also Protestants are currently under-represented in this category of work. As such, we particularly welcome applications from these individuals.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other.  More details on all our networks can be found at https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding. 

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