Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate, Design Engineer, Lightweight Steel Structures

Leeds, United Kingdom
£30,000 to £36,000 p.a. plus training allowance of £6,000
24 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Do you have a structural design background with a PhD in the design of steel structures, a related subject, (or close to completion) or an MSc/MEng in this subject with significant industrial experience? Do you want to further your career through a project with one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities and ultimately, pursue a career in industry?

We have an opportunity for you to ‘fast track’ your career into business by leading a high profile and strategically important project to a successful conclusion. Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will be working in partnership with Ilke Homes Limited and the School of Civil Engineering. You should be seeking a career which allows you to utilise your academic achievements in an industrial setting.

Ilke Homes factory builds and delivers to site complete, easily installed homes using a precision-engineered, light gauge steel framed modular design. Their strategic goal is to develop an innovative, optimised structural system utilising novel techniques to significantly improve the performance, safety and cost of current modular design, contributing to easing the UK’s housing shortage. 

The KTP will develop an understanding of advanced structural engineering design and testing expertise by considering the interaction of different materials and designs to the dynamic loads experienced by the structures. The test results from suggested design modifications, proposed by the detailed analytical evaluations, will inform Ilke Homes’ building designs both in the short and longer term.

You will be based at the company premises in Flaxby, North Yorkshire, but will be employed by the University of Leeds for the duration of the project, a fixed period of 36 months, also spending time at the University. Members of the University’s School of Civil Engineering will provide academic and technical support to you throughout the project. 

You will have a training and development package worth £6,000, to be spent according to your needs and the project’s requirements, enabling you to work effectively on the KTP, and to plan for your future career. You will attend two weeks of residential KTP training to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to complete the project successfully, for which time is allocated and funding provided.

In addition to the challenges of the post, you will be expected to work towards a chartered membership of an appropriate professional body.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Ornella Iuorio, Associate Professor in School of Civil Engineering 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2294, email:

Location:      Other
Faculty/Service:      Professional Services
School/Institute:      Research & Innovation Service
Section:      Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
Category:      Professional & Managerial
Grade:      Off grading structure
Salary:      £30,000 to £36,000 p.a.
    plus training allowance of £6,000
Post Type:      Full Time
Contract Type:      Fixed Term (36 months due to external funding for a fixed period)
Closing Date:      Tuesday 20 August 2019
Interview Date:      Thursday 29 August 2019
Downloads:  Candidate Brief