Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3742/1

Location: Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Salary: £29,799 - £40,000 per annum
Qualification required: Chemical, process engineering or related disciplin
Closing Date: 02 November 2018
KTP Advert Ref: 3742/1
This is an exciting opportunity for a high quality, technically rigorous, commercially minded Chemical or Process Engineer who enjoys pushing boundaries and is familiar with high temperature processes. Our diverse team, working in partnership with Torftech R & D Ltd., is developing an entirely new and unique microwave heating-based platform processor technology with potential applications across a wide range of markets as diverse as minerals processing, steelmaking, nuclear, food, catalysis, waste processing and energy.

These applications have significant promise at small laboratory scale with over 2000 journal papers published annually by global researchers. However, few if any, practical applications of microwave technology exist at a commercial scale at temperatures higher than 200°C. You will be supported to work on the design and scale up of a platform technology to address the challenges of high temperature processing using microwaves including both pilot plant and industrial based work across a range of end users. If successful, the technology will enable enhanced precision and de-coupling of process gas and materials temperatures, opening a range of opportunity.

This position has a £5,500 dedicated training budget tailored towards your personal development. This post is jointly advertised in collaboration with our industrial partner, Torftech and will predominantly be based at their site in Thatcham, Berkshire. Whilst the early stages of the work are experimental and developmental, the aim is to create processors that can be commercialised in the medium term, an objective that the university and Torftech believe is attainable and the project is being run with an eye to this.

About Torftech R&D Ltd:

Torftech is a design engineering firm that supplies its patented TORBED processors to household name clients across a range of process industries. Unique to Torftech, these processors offer accuracy and flexibility within a compact footprint and as such ,offer elegant solutions to complex process problems. The company sees the addition of microwave power delivery capabilities as an exciting extension to an already-powerful and capable technology.

This full-time post is available immediately and will be offered on fixed-term basis for a period of 34 months. For the right candidate and subject to performance, on successful conclusion of the project, it is hoped that there will be an opportunity to continue working with Torftech if so desired. The Torftech team is small, committed to innovation and quality and offers a friendly, technically challenging working environment. Current sales are global, so a willingness to travel and an interest in other peoples and cultures are essential, as are an ability to work in a team, pro-activity and a sound analytical approach to problem solving.

Skills required: We are seeking innovative thinkers from a broad range of experiences and backgrounds and significant training and support will be offered to help you develop any new skills which are required. You should be interested in working closely with industry as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team to deliver commercial solutions to industry.
Knowledge Base Partner: Nottingham, The University of
Company partner: Torftech R&D Limited
Company business area: Develop and licence the proven TORBED process reactor technology for application to the process industries including food, mineral, petrochemical, environmental, energy and chemical.
Contact: Dr Chris Dodds, Faculty of Engineering
University of Nottingham
University Park
NG7 2RD, Tel: 0115 951 4172

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