Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3813/1

Location: Old Denaby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 4LQ
Salary: £30,000-£34,000
Qualification required: MEng/MSc/PhD
Closing Date: 03 February 2019
KTP Advert Ref: 3813/1
Do you have a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics, or a related subject (or close to completion), or an MEng/MSc with significant industrial experience of utilising computational engineering techniques? Do you want to further your career in a project with one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities and ultimately, pursue a career in industry?

We have an opportunity for you to ‘fast track’ your career into business by leading a high profile and strategically important project to a successful conclusion. Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will be working in partnership with Monocon International Refractories Ltd. and the School of Mechanical Engineering. This will provide an excellent opportunity for you to utilise your academic achievements in an industry setting.

Monocon manufactures and supplies specialised refractory products and engineering services to steel and iron manufacturers. Their strategic goal is to design, develop and manufacture innovative, high quality products to steelmakers all around the world.

The KTP will develop an understanding of the fundamental science underpinning Monocon’s products, develop new design methodologies and deploy advanced computational techniques, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), to deliver innovative design and performance improvements in both metallurgical lances and slag control darts for the global steel industry.

You will be based at the company premises near Doncaster, but will be employed by the University of Leeds for the duration of the project, a fixed period of 30 months, spending some time at the University. The School of Mechanical Engineering will provide academic and technical support to you throughout the project.

In addition to the challenges of the post, you will be expected to work towards a chartered membership of an appropriate professional body.

You will have access to a training and development package worth £5,000, to be spent according to your needs and the project’s requirements, enabling you to work effectively on the KTP, and to plan for your future career. Additionally, you will attend two weeks of residential KTP training to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to complete the project successfully, for which time is allocated and funding provided.

As a KTP Associate, your main duties will include:
• Developing a sound commercial understanding of the refractory consuming metallurgical industry;
• Developing effective methodologies to understand key issues impacting metallurgical lances and slag control darts during their life-cycles;
• Developing scientific understanding of slag dart geometry and material parameters on steel tapping processes;
• Becoming proficient in FEA methods;
• Becoming proficient in the use of OpenFOAM, the Open Source CFD package, in order to develop accurate multi-phase flow models of key processes;
• Using OpenFOAM to develop effective computational methods for predicting slag dart performance and methods for validation and visualisation, and establishing methods to optimise structural performance;
• Developing design optimisation methodologies and software tools that can be implemented routinely during product design;
• Capturing and codifying implicit knowledge within the business in an accessible and usable knowledge repository;
• Developing an ongoing training regime including training materials, technical papers, marketing materials and software routines to embed the new knowledge in to the design process;
• Dissemination and embedding of advanced computer simulations techniques;
• Writing reports, undertaking literature reviews and preparing papers for publication, with guidance as necessary.
Skills required: As a KTP Associate you will have:
• A PhD (or near to completion) in Computational Fluid Dynamics or a related area, or an MEng/MSc in Engineering, Computer Science or other mathematical disciplines with significant industrial experience of utilising
computational engineering techniques;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, enabling communication with a wide range of stakeholders;
• Excellent project-management skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines;
• The ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
• Enthusiasm and commitment to drive this challenging project forward;
• A desire to implement scientific knowledge within new product development;
• A strong desire to develop your career in a progressive engineering company;
• A full UK driving licence or alternative means of travel to enable travel to the University, training and customer meetings as the role requires.

You may also have:
• Computer programming experience, notably C++;
• Experience in using OpenFOAM to solve engineering flow problems;
• Some industrial experience in the disciplines relevant to this project, and/or experience of working on industrially-relevant research projects.
Knowledge Base Partner: Leeds, University of
Company partner: Monocon International Refractories Limited
Company business area: Manufacture specialised refractory products, eg lances and slag control darts, and engineering services, eg market leading slag dart launching machines, primarily to steel and iron manufacturers.
Contact: Dr Zinedine Khatir,, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2220

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