Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) roles available - Feb 2023

09 February 2023


PCA Engineers Limited (PCA) and Cambridge University's Whittle Laboratory have secured funding for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project to develop and enable the commercialisation of a novel low-cost, high-efficiency turbine for Waste Heat Recovery systems. The 2-year project involves the manufacture of a turbine design, and the design, assembly and commissioning of an experimental rig on which to test a baseline and a redesigned turbine.

PCA and Cambridge University are looking to recruit a graduate to work as an Associate on this project. The associate will cover a wide range of technical activities, and ideally will be an engineer with turbomachinery or aerothermodynamics as their key area of expertise, combined with at least an entry-level knowledge of structural mechanics, electrical machinery and manufacturing.

The position is for a fixed term of 24 months, with the opportunity of further employment with PCA once the project concludes. The successful candidate will be employed by Cambridge University and will be seconded to PCA. The Associate will be based primarily at PCA (60% of the time), and at the Whittle Laboratory (30%), with the remainder 10% given to funded personal development and training through the KTP scheme.

The new turbine technology has many additional power and energy efficiency applications. This KTP project represents a unique and exciting opportunity to work alongside world-leading engineers and researchers to develop and help bring to market a novel, patented technology with breakthrough potential.

Key responsibilities and duties:

  • Transfer, develop and integrate knowledge from the experimental testing at the Whittle Laboratory to PCA’s workflow
  • Manage the KTP project with support from business and academic supervisors.
  • Support and participate in writing research publications.

Skills, qualifications and experience required:

  • Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, turbomachinery or a related subject.
  • Experience of previous work involving sourcing components and assembling of an experimental rig.
  • Experience of experimental work in a turbomachinery-related area.
  • Knowledge of mechanics, electrical and manufacturing disciplines.
  • Experience of managing their workload and working with initiative.
  • Excellent communication and team working skills.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD or equivalent experience. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: 

  • Research Assistant: £27,929 - £32,348
  • Research Associate: £34,308 - £42,155.

A range of benefits are available including access to a £ 2,000 per annum (£ 4,000 in total) Personal Development budget to upskill during the project, and an additional allowance to cover off-site expenses and travel.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months.

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