Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3880/1

Location: Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL11 3DT
Salary: £30,000 - £33,000
Qualification required: Masters in Chemistry
Closing Date: 03 May 2019
KTP Advert Ref: 3880/1
An exciting opportunity has become available to work full time on a 3-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to accelerate planned growth by extending Aquacheck’s range of ‘smart’ products for the water industry by developing a hand-held, inexpensive, rapid sensing device for testing the concentration of lead in drinking water, which has sector-leading accuracy, and lower limit of detection capability.

Company information:

Aquacheck Engineering Limited is a small manufacturing company, based in Rochdale, with expertise in engineering spanning over 40 years. Building on this long, successful (top 10% in Europe) history in engineering, providing high-volume, precision-turned parts to the likes of JCB, Caterpillar and Doosan, Aquacheck was established in 2009 to concentrate solely on the design and manufacture of high-specification, non-return values and tooling for the water industry and Fire Protection Services.


£2,000 per year to spend on personal training;
attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week’s duration);
opportunity to register on a higher degree (at a reduced or no cost);
opportunity of a permanent position with the company; 70% of host companies make a permanent job offer to their Associate at the end of the project.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Samuel Rowley-Neale ( or Prof Craig Banks (

Apply via our application portal, by submitting a CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the criteria for the role.
Skills required: Qualification we require:

You will be required to have at least a master’s degree in chemistry or a related subject (e.g. chemical


Application requirements:

Experience is ideally required in the following techniques:

Electrochemical detection of heavy metals;
Electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry;
Identification, synthesis and testing of electrochemical catalysts;
Physicochemical characterisation techniques such as Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis;
The use and manufacture of screen-printed carbon based electrodes.
You will have a strong willingness to learn new techniques and must be competent at report writing and oral presentation as these will be a vital for the dissemination of findings. During the latter stages of the KTP, when in-field testing is occurring, you must be willing to travel throughout the UK, staying at different locations for days/weeks at a time.
Knowledge Base Partner: Manchester Metropolitan University
Company partner: Aquacheck Engineering Limited
Company business area: Manufacture a range of backflow prevention devices, known as AQUA-CHECK.
Contact: Susan Connor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street, Tel: 01612472821
Additional Info: None

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