Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3737/1

Location: Folkestone, Kent, CT19 4RJ
Salary: £34,000 - £38,000
Qualification required: PhD in mechanical/electronic engineering
Closing Date: 01 November 2018
KTP Advert Ref: 3737/1
The University of Kent is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Smart Condition Monitoring to undertake a KTP project entitled “Development of a smart rubber dam monitoring system”. The post-holder will play a key role in our plans to develop an intelligent rubber dam monitoring technology using suitable sensors and signal processing algorithms. The post-holder will work closely with the academic and industrial teams to evaluate the existing techniques for rubber dam monitoring and then develop a cutting edge technology for the measurement of the height, cross-sectional shape and vibrations of an inflatable rubber dam. The project will involve the design and implementation of a novel sensing unit, the development and realisation of signal processing and measurement algorithms, and the design and execution of extensive experimental tests. Analytical and computational models of inflatable rubber dams will also be established to conduct in-depth analysis of the static and dynamic behaviours of inflatable rubber dams under a wide range of environmental conditions. The performance and operability of prototype smart dam monitoring systems will be evaluated under real-world conditions.
Skills required:
PhD in mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, control systems or a related discipline

Skills
Computer software development, data analysis and data fusion
Able to develop analytical and computational models
Able to design and undertake experimental work
Able to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing

Experience
Physical sensors, sensor arrays, electronic instrumentation and digital signal processing
Design and development of computing algorithms for advanced measurement
Developing analytical and computational models of industrial processes and physical sensors
Conducting practical experimental work and field trials and associated data analysis
Delivering presentations in both academic and industrial environments
A good track record of publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings
An industrial placement or experience in working in industry would be advantageous

The post-holder is expected to have a strong, relevant research background, demonstrated by a track record of high quality publications and successful completion of previous research and development projects. Good communication and team-working skills as well as a higher degree in a relevant discipline are essential.
Knowledge Base Partner: Kent, University of
Company partner: Dyrhoff Limited
Company business area: Design and supply inflatable rubber dams and pneumatically-operated spillway gates, which are permanent installations used for controlling or stopping the flow of water in streams, rivers, channels and drains.
Contact: Clare Witcher, c/o University of Kent, Tel: 01227 764000

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