Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate - Development Engineer

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
10 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate - Development Engineer

School of Creative Arts & Engineering

Location:  Alconbury Weston Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent
Tenure:  Full time fixed term for 2 years
Closing Date:   Sunday 27 August 2017
Reference:  CAE16-19
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate vacancy
Development Engineer
£25-35,000 p.a., fixed-term for 2 years Plus £4000 training budget
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic graduate Mechanical Engineer / Scientist to work with Alconbury Western Ltd a highly innovative small and rapidly growing company which is a leading supplier to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, under a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a three-way project between a graduate, a business and a university. Graduates are recruited to undertake strategic projects within the company, whilst being supported by a dedicated academic supervisor.

AWL's engineering team have a wealth of experience in developing products for industry, they seek external support from academic subject matter experts in the form of theoretical and practical experience of extracting waste heat from a combustion process to drive an absorption refrigeration system. Detailed calculation of the available heat, shortfall, theoretical system design and computer modelling is required to allow the production of pre-production system design / demonstrator.

Working directly with senior management you will play a crucial role in this innovation project which is core to the AWL’s strategy to model, develop and optimise an Absorption Refrigeration Cooling (ARC) System. You will apply abilities learned in your degree and extend your skill set with support from both the organisation and academic supervisors. You will also facilitate knowledge transfer between the organisation and the academic institution.
To be considered for the role you will have a relevant degree in mechanical engineering or a related engineering or chemical discipline. You will have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to manage your workload effectively.

The role is based in Stoke on Trent but will require you to travel between the company site and Staffordshire University's Stoke-on-Trent Campus with the possibility of travel to client sites in the UK. Whilst the position is for a fixed term initially, it is the intention of the company to retain the associate subject to performance, and for that individual to be a key member of the business moving forward.

Whilst not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with experience with thermodynamic development.
About Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)* 
KTPs are part- government-funded partnerships between universities and businesses delivered by an Associate - a high calibre recent graduate in an appropriate field. The many benefits of being a KTP Associate include:

  • A competitive salary
  • The opportunity to undertake funded post-graduate study (a masters or PhD)
  • An equipment and training budget to manage according to the requirements of the project
  • Gaining experience of managing a high-level and strategically important project
  • Mentoring from academic staff and industry professionals

Find out more about KTP at

Although nominally employed by the University you will be working at the company’s site in Stoke-on-Trent.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact:  Alastair Dawes – Head of Enterprise, Staffordshire University: tel. - 01785 353325; e-mail

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