KTP Associate - Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
£30,000 - £50,000
28 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty: Faculty of Science

Department/School: Computer and Information Sciences

Salary Range: £30,000 - £50,000 + £4,500 travel + £4,000 development budget
FTE: 1.0
Term: Fixed (24 months)
Closing Date: 16 July 2018

Bird.i is a Geospatial start up based in Glasgow. The company aims to make fresh satellite imagery accessible, affordable and usable to everybody, thereby bringing down the economic and technical barriers for access to such imagery. Over and above this, the company also provides geospatial intelligence based on time series imagery over specific locations. The company uses machine learning and computer vision techniques to extract this information.

The Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Strathclyde is working with Bird.i in a bid to improve current vision analysis systems for use with satellite data. To this end, we seek to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. The KTP is a trilateral collaborative project between the Associate, the University and a company partner (

The Associate will undertake project work as required to research and implement solutions that reduce the time required for image classification and analysis. It is likely that this will include working on solutions which can lead to a reduction in the time required to create labelled datasets for training purposes, leading to an increase in the number of problems that can be solved using machine learning. The successful applicant will be employed by the University of Strathclyde, and closely supervised in the academic environment, but predominantly based a few minutes' walk away, within the company premises in central Glasgow. Bird.i has a relaxed workplace atmosphere where free thought, new ideas and innovation are actively encouraged. The project has opportunities for both academic and commercial development of ideas. Further informal information can be obtained by contacting Professor Richard Connor ( or Corentin Guillo (

The ideal candidate will have an excellent first degree in computing or a strongly related discipline, along with relevant work experience, or a PhD ideally with appropriate postdoctoral experience. The candidate should have the ability to plan and organize their own workload effectively, and should be able to maintain the balance between research, commercial requirements, and the necessity to steer the research into production. Excellent programming and personal communication skills are a must.

The position includes extensive professional development opportunities and a generous personal development budget. With the support of academic experts and a KTP Adviser this is an excellent opportunity which offers an extremely interesting, varied and challenging role.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Richard Connor ( or Corentin Guillo (