Research Engineer - Edge Computing - KTP Associate

Glasgow Caledonian University / Aggreko UK Ltd
Location: Glasgow
Salary: £32,000 per annum
Closing Date: 5th May 2020

The Research Engineer – Edge Computing (KTP Associate) will be an employee of Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based at Aggreko UK Ltd Head Office but will based between the Aggreko Technology Centre and Manufacturing Plant in Glasgow with regular supervision meetings with the University’s supervisory team.

This is a full-time/fixed term opportunity for 30 months.

An additional £6,000 training and development budget is available for this opportunity.

The Role

The KTP Associate will be taking a leading role in the design, development and deployment of Machine Learning algorithms running on constrained edge computing devices for condition monitoring. During this process the Associate will also be guided to generate high quality academic research publications and disseminate their work at international conferences and journals.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a MSc degree in either Big Data, Computing or Electronic Engineering, which includes a high degree of analytics skills coupled with programming skills in Python, with exposure to C/C++.

They should also have:

  • Industrial experience in either Edge Computing or IoT based technologies.
  • Experience in Machine Learning or Predictive Analytics.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to travel.

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

Aggreko UK Limited

Aggreko is a world-leading provider of mobile modular power, temperature control and energy services.

We are working at the forefront of a rapidly changing energy market and are focused on solving our customers’ challenges to provide cost-effective, flexible and greener solutions across the globe.

We harness innovation that helps us maintain a global reach and supply portable equipment for a wide range of uses. From unique commercial industrial projects, through to utility provision and humanitarian emergencies. We bring expertise and equipment to any location, from the world’s busiest cities to its most remote places.

Aggreko specialises in serving eight key sectors: Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Mining, Petrochemicals & Refining, Building Services & Construction, Events, Data Centres and Utilities.

Across these, our equipment offers maximum fuel flexibility, using gas, diesel and renewable fuel sources. We offer microgrid and storage solutions and are developing our offer to include more tools to help our customers adapt to the energy transition the world is experiencing. What makes us unique is our extensive expertise, experience and values. This means we put our customers first, innovate and deliver leaner and more efficient equipment quickly.

Since 1962, Aggreko has grown from a small local business to a global energy pioneer. We have more than 7,300 employees, operating in around 100 countries. With revenues of approximately GBP 1.6bn in 2019, we are listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and headquartered in Scotland.

Aggreko draws together global expertise and technology development to go further for customers. The ability to provide power, heating and cooling will continue to open-up opportunity and create potential for individuals, communities, industries and societies all over the world.

Together and over time, we believe our services will make a massive difference.

There is a possibility that Aggreko UK Limited may recruit the Associate at the end of the project.

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. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position. Please visit:

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant, multi-cultural, modern university in the centre of Glasgow and is placed amongst the top 200 modern universities in the world (THE, 2019) 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. 

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

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

You can apply for this role through the Glasgow Caledonian University Vacancies page.

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