Software Engineer KTP Associate (KTP02)

Robert Gordon University
Posted

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • £25,000 to £34,000 per annum, PERSONAL
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: RGU02089

Job Summary

As part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Accord Energy Solutions Ltd (Accord), we are seeking a Knowledge Transfer Associate. The Associate will take a leading role in the development and commercialisation of gross error detection and diagnostic software aimed at the hydrocarbon processing industry. The Associate will also have the opportunity to register for a research degree based on the work carried out on the project.

The post holder will be employed by the School of Computing Science and Digital Media at Robert Gordon University and will be based predominantly at the premises of Accord in Aberdeen, supported and supervised by staff from both the company and the University.

Accord is an employee-owned company specialising in consultancy to the oil & gas sector. The Smart Data Technologies Research Centre at RGU, which the post-holder will join, specialises in the application of advanced data science and artificial intelligence to real-world industrial problems.

The project has the following key objectives:
Develop gross error detection and diagnostic software to assist Accord in delivering flexible solutions to customers.
Transfer knowledge of advanced simulation and software development techniques to Accord.
Work as part of the Smart Data Technologies Centre at RGU.
Develop technical skills, potentially to PhD level, in a fast paced technical environment and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Develop personal skills (verbal and written) to meet the requirements of an increasing responsibility and experience level.

A KTP is a three-way project between an associate, a business and a university (see www.ktponline.org.uk). The associates are recruited to manage strategic projects within the company, whist being supported by a dedicated academic supervisor. Founded in 1975, KTP is one of Europe’s largest recruitment programmes. This position is funded for a period of 36 months by the KTP Programme. This is an opportunity to join a project which will offer challenging business analysis and process improvement work within a supportive, well managed and motivated team environment. In addition to a dedicated personal development budget of £6,000 and a travel budget. It is also anticipated that following the 36 month period, the company will continue the employment of the Associate.

You will be driving the development of a complex software component that will underpin efficiency gains for the Company and open up new markets for them. It requires the assimilation of knowledge from 3 different disciplines: chemistry, engineering and computing science. It is expected that the post holder will require to develop skills in some of these areas. Extensive knowledge and experience exists within Accord and RGU to support this.

You should have a Masters degree in Computing or a strongly related discipline. Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to self-direct, strong problem solving and analytical skills are essential for this post.
Good report writing and presentation skills are also required. You will be self-driven but comfortable working in an interdisciplinary team.

Informal enquiries to Prof. John McCall , email j.mccall@rgu.ac.uk or tel 01224 262780

Closing Date: 16 December 2018

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Prof. John McCall

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST:

Software Developer / Analyst to specify and develop error detection software as a KTP Associate with Accord Energy Solutions Ltd Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
Develop data science and machine learning techniques to detect and reason about gross errors in hydrocarbon system data
Transfer knowledge of advanced data science and machine learning techniques to Accord
Work as part of the Smart Data Technologies Centre at RGU
Develop technical skills, potentially to PhD level, in a fast paced technical environment and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Develop personal skills (verbal and written) to meet the requirements of an increasing responsibility and experience level

PRINCIPAL DUTIES:

Gain expertise on hydrocarbon systems data and measurement
Requirements analysis and software component design
Software development, testing and implementation
Software packaging and delivery
Manage the project and organize Local Management Committee meetings.
Liaise with industry experts, university and company supervisors.
Deliver presentations to immediate project team members and technical experts.
Organise seminars and training for company personnel on developed software.

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships
2.1 Honours degree or better and commercial software development experience in Computing or strongly related discipline.
Willingness to actively engage with professional bodies and agencies.

Knowledge and Experience
Strong OO-programming background (C++/Java), at least H Mathematics.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Ability to self-direct.
Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
Good report writing and presentation skills.
Happy to work in an interdisciplinary team.
Excellent prioritisation and time management skills.

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships
Masters degree in Computing or strongly related discipline
Membership of IEEE / ACM / BCS

Knowledge and Experience
Probability and statistics.
Time series analysis.
Bayesian networks.
Machine learning
Industrial programming experience

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