Research and Development Engineer (KTP Associate)

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
£28,000 - £30,000 depending on experience, plus competitive package
06 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
25 Sep 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


This is a great opportunity to apply your Mechanical Engineering expertise to lead an ambitious two-year project and become part of the core business development strategy of Salt Separation Services (SSS).  As part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Northumbria University and industrial partner Salt Separation Services, you will be based at the company’s base in Rochdale, and work collaboratively with Northumbria academics.

Salt Separation Services Limited is an independent water treatment company specialising in the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of water treatment systems. The company works in the offshore oil and gas, marine (both naval and commercial) and industrial markets, concentrating on membrane separation processes, predominantly Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Nanofiltration, to desalinate water for drinking, process and industrial purposes.

This KTP project is to develop a smart interconnector product for large Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination plants to ensure water quality and security. This innovation project supports Salt Separation Services Ltd's strategy as a leading manufacturer of equipment for the global water treatment sector.

The opportunities available to you:

  • Apply your engineering, design, assembly, experimentation and computer modelling expertise.
  • Support from an academic team with specialist knowledge and experience relevant to the project.
  • Potential to be retained in a permanent position within the company at the end of the project.
  • Professional training and personal development budget [£2K pa].
  • Potential for performance-related bonus.

For full details of qualifications, skills and experience required for the post, please review the role description and person specification

Please note that this role will be fixed term for 24 months.


Please note the job is located at Salt Separation Services Ltd, Rochdale, OL11 1AP. 

Find out more about Salt Separation Services Ltd: 

Find out more about Mechanical Engineering at Northumbria University: 

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


Muhammad Wakil Shahzad (


Ben Bin Xu (

Keerthan Poologanathan (


Further information about the requirements of the role is available in the person specification 

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now'.  Your application should include a covering letter and a CV.  

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