Research Engineer - Industrial IoT (KTP Associate)

Glasgow Caledonian University / Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd 
Location: Livingston
Salary: £39,000 per annum 
Closing Date: 20th June 2019

The Research Engineer – Industrial IoT (KTP Associate) will be an employee of Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based at Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd headquarters in Livingston with regular supervision meetings with the University’s supervisory team.

This is a full-time/fixed term opportunity for 36 months.

The Role

The KTP Associate will be taking a leading role in the deployment of Industrial IoT sensing and predictive analytics technologies for condition monitoring within the Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe factory. The factory is undertaking a dramatic transformation to become a new Smart Factory to help to increase efficiency, capacity and maintain the workforce within the plant. During this process the Associate will also be guided to generate high quality academic research publications and disseminate their work at international conferences.

A minimum of a MSc degree or higher in either Computer Science, Software Engineering, Informatics or Electrical and Electronic Engineering, which includes a high degree of numerical and analytics skills coupled with programming skills in Python, with exposure to C/C++.

They should also have:

  • Experience in either Condition Monitoring or IoT based technologies.
  • Exposure to the embedded software development lifecycle.
  • Experience in Machine Learning or Predictive Analytics.
  • Proficiency with code versioning tools and continuous integration.
  • Innovative and Creative thinking skills.
  • Excellent numerical and computational skills.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • The ability to work under minimal supervision and within multi-skilled teams.
  • The ability to take initiative and project manage.
  • Willingness to travel.

The post also includes a generous development budget for training, travel, conference attendance and equipment.

Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Limited

Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd (M-ACE) is a manufacturing base, located in Livingston, Scotland, which manufactures air-conditioning and heat-pump systems as part of the global Mitsubishi Electric portfolio of products, supplying into mainly Europe, Middle East and Africa. M-ACE is the sole European manufacturer in the ME Corporate structure of heat pump systems for the European domestic market. It is an overseas subsidiary company of Shizuoka Works in Japan, and forms a part of the Living Environment & Digital Media Equipment Group of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

The M-ACE business itself is a very vertically integrated manufacturer, with several primary manufacturing processes including traditional pressing, moulding, welding and brazing as well as advanced robotic handling systems, testing systems, Helium leak detection systems, refrigerant charging and monitoring processes and assembly processes. With a turnover of c. £210m and a healthy expected growth path, the company’s product range sits at the forefront of modern Air Conditioning and Heat Pump solutions, and it is well positioned to capitalise on the swing towards more environmentally-friendly heating and cooling solutions throughout European and UK markets.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

This project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. KTP Associates spend around 10% of their time in training and development and are offered the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Management. You will be employed by the University but your role will be based at the company. Many KTP Associates are offered a permanent role with their company at the end of the KTP project. 

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University a vibrant, multi-cultural, modern university in the centre of Glasgow and is placed amongst the top 200 modern universities in the world (THE, 2018) and in the top 50 universities globally for social impact (THE, 2019).  Our welcoming community of 20,000 students from more than 100 countries enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York.   Our University mission, commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence is integral to everything we do and how we deliver our mission.

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality and diversity, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

The School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and is a holder of an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. 

Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom to apply for this vacancy.

Further details on this post are available by contacting Professor Gordon Morison, Head of Department of Computing at Glasgow Caledonian University (

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