Research Engineer in Augmented Reality (KTP Associate)

Cranfield, Bedford
£28,000 to £35,000 per annum
10 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: McFarlane Telfer Ltd., Maidenhead

McFarlane Telfer is an independent business, established for over 25 years. Since 2010, its sole focus has been on the service and maintenance of commercial kitchens. McFarlane Telfer’s customers range from major corporate customers, education and healthcare providers, major venues and public sector organisations.

An exciting opportunity to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate has arisen as part of a 30-month KTP with Cranfield University. This is an exciting project that offers the opportunity to take on research challenges in the application of augmented reality to support the commercial kitchen maintenance industry. The successful candidate will also enjoy a personal £5,000 development budget.

As a KTP Associate, you will be based at McFarlane Telfer in Maidenhead and work in conjunction with the Through-life Engineer Services (TES) Centre at Cranfield University. The Centre focuses on developing knowledge, technology and process demonstrators in Digital Service Engineering to provide the capability for the concept design of high-value engineering systems for through-life performance using artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced visualisation techniques, such as augmented reality.

In this role the Associate will lead the development of an augmented reality (AR) based toolkit as an integrated solution to on-the-ground maintenance barriers for field service operators, which will reduce customer asset downtime, increase asset lifespan and reduce company operating costs. The toolkit will reduce the challenges posed by the number of site visits a technician makes for a given job by providing greatly improved 'first fix' rates, and incorporating procurement procedures into the solution.

We are seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual with an MSc or PhD in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a similar discipline. You must have experience with AR projects and applications, as well as strong programming skills in Python/MATLAB/C++. You will have an awareness of alternative software and hardware for AR. More than one year of experience in programming or computer science is desirable. You will have a track record of working closely with industry and within timescales. You should be a team player with good communication, presentation and project management skills, be able to access and organise resources and have an interest in solving industrial problems. You should also be able to cope with high pressure situations, be motivated and resilient, and dedicated and flexible. You must also be willing to travel within the UK and potentially abroad.

You will build on a heritage of excellence and become a key team member at McFarlane Telfer Ltd. Engagement and working with suppliers and customers is actively encouraged from the outset.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr. John Erkoyuncu, Senior Lecturer in Digital Service Engineering, on (T); +44 (0)1234 75 0111 (Ext: 2747) or (E);