Research and Design Development Associate (KTP Associate)

Northumbria University / Norscot Joinery Ltd
Location: Inverness
Salary: £28,000 - £33,000
Closing Date: 20th March 2019

This is a great opportunity to apply your engineering and design expertise in an ambitious three-year project, and become a key part of the future strategy of Norscot Homes.

Norscot are working in partnership with Northumbria University to explore the future of smarter and more adaptable homes. You will benefit from the ongoing support and guidance of a wider project team from the Company and the University, but will have the opportunity to own and drive the project.

Norscot manufacture and supply timber frame house kits and external windows and doors. The main customer is the self-build and domestic market but they also work with local authorities and housing associations. Their services include design, draughting, approvals, erecting timber frame structures and retrofitting windows and doors.

This KTP project will help Norscot introduce new ways of working more closely with their customers with the objective of developing affordable, modular, 'smart homes' which can adapt to the owners needs through time. The Associate will be required to develop a working knowledge of Smart Home Technologies, Value Based Design, Health, Wellbeing and Ageing - to guide the partnership in the development of usable products for different audiences. Technical challenges will include developing: 1. Easy to use, cost effective and affordable solutions for the client; 2. A platform which meets current building regulations and housing policies; 3. Integrates well with existing products and solutions.

The opportunities available to you:

  • To take a leading role in an ambitious project concerned with designing homes of the future.
  • Potential to undertake a funded PhD/Masters programme to run alongside the core project.
  • Potential to be retained in a permanent position within the company at the end of the project
  • £2,000 pa professional training and personal development budget
  • Residential leadership & management programme at Ashornehill college
  • Potential for performance-related bonus

For full details of qualifications, skills and experience required for the post, please review the available documents.

Please note that the postholder will be based at Norscot Joinery Ltd’s premises in the North of Scotland and will be required to undertake travel in the region and elsewhere in the UK, including visits to Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Find out more about Norscot Joinery Ltd:

Find out more about Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University:

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

Associate Professor Dr Farzad Pour Rahimian,

Click here for further information, including details of how to apply

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze) award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Please note this vacancy will close on 20/03/2019

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