Research Engineer – IoT & Data Science (KTP Associate)

Glasgow Caledonian University / Safehinge Primera 
Location: Glasgow
Salary: £35,000 - £45,000 per annum
Closing Date: 4th May 2021

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

The post holder will be an employee of Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based at Safehinge Primera with regular supervision meetings with the University’s supervisory team

Are you a hands-on project lead with a background in big data, AI or sensor technology? Do you have commercial experience in a wide range of analytical techniques, technologies and platforms? Can you define project parameters, distribute priorities, and manage the delivery of successful projects?

If yes, and you want to work on a project that will improve lives, we could have the role for you!

Based at Safehinge Primera, in Glasgow, you will take a leading role in an exclusive Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Glasgow Caledonian University that will be driving a step-change in patient safety within mental health environments through a technological, data-led approach.

The Role
The role presents an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of how in-patient mental health care is delivered. Supported by the Engineering team, the candidate will be leading the design, development, and deployment of end-to-end IOT systems that include sensors and AI/Machine Learning to identify behaviour trends and provide predictive analytics. The role will require the candidate to set-up database systems, create data processing pipelines and write algorithms to visualise the data generated by the IOT sensors.

Based in a commercial environment, the role will also mean engaging internal and external clients, managing the project timeline and budget, and presenting insights and progress to the wider team. This role will be laying the foundations for a new direction for Safehinge Primera, with the successful candidate forging the role and requirements for team growth.

The role also includes a £5,000 training and development budget to be spent according to your needs and the project’s requirements.

Please review the role profile for full details of the role and key responsibilities.

Person Specification

The candidate should be a self-starter who enjoys shaping ambitious projects by working in an exploratory and iterative way, especially if this takes them outside of their immediate subject specialism. They will be working alongside a multi-disciplinary team however they should be able to structure their own time and priorities and feel confident managing a large project.

The successful candidate will have experience managing and running projects to timelines and budgets, and an MSc degree preferably in Big Data, Data Science, Computing or Electronic Engineering or equivalent industry experience. The candidate should also have a high degree of analytics skills coupled with experience in one or more programming languages such as: Python, SQL, Java, JS, C/C++ or others.

About Safehinge Primera

At Safehinge Primera we have a clear purpose;

Together we design for good.

We help protect people through vulnerable times.

For more than ten years we have designed, developed and delivered award-winning products that improve lives. Our range of life-saving products for challenging mental health environments are widely used across the UK as they balance aesthetics with safety, creating an inclusive environment that aids recovery. This approach is now expanding internationally, as countries look to the UK as a world leader in mental health care. At Safehinge Primera we’re looking to modernise the sector further by championing the use of intelligent technology and changing the future of how mental health care is delivered around the world.

In the past 3 years we have been designing, testing and manufacturing smart door systems which are enabling mental health hospitals to make a step change in patient safety and helping to realise the benefits of a data driven approach to the future of care. We are about to embark on our journey of embracing technology and data-led products to diversify and grow our business in an exciting and unique opportunity that will help shape the future of mental health environments.

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 Glasgow Caledonian University, but your role will be based at Safehinge Primera. 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:

This project is for a fixed term of 30 months however, as the role is so intrinsically linked to the on-going success of the project, there is a high probability that Safehinge Primera will recruit the Associate at the end of the project.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant, multi-cultural and modern university in the centre of Glasgow, and is placed amongst the top 50 universities globally (THE Impact rankings, 2020).  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 - with its commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence - is integral to everything we do.

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. 

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for applicants with a disability during the recruitment process.

If you need further discussion before submitting an application for this role then please contact Matt Marais, Systems and Data Lead, Safehinge Primera at

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