Applied Research Assistant (KTP Associate)

University of Salford - Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Length of contract: 36 months

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious Sport Science, Podiatry or related graduate to fast-track their career development as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate in a dynamic role looking to create a mass customization strategy for workplace footwear and a tool to aid selection of appropriate footwear via an online platform. The post holder will have undertaken a laboratory-based project at undergraduate or Masters level relating to some aspect of gait or biomechanics testing (e.g. using pressure sensors, foot scanners or motion capture technology). 

The successful candidate will undertake a 36 month collaborative project between Toffeln Ltd (a supplier of footwear since 1978), and an internationally leading biomechanics research group at the University of Salford (School of Health Sciences). Based in the Bristol area, you will be supported by the experienced staff from Toffeln and the University of Salford to undertake scientific research work therefore gaining experience in experimental research. Additionally, the post holder will gain a deeper understanding of commercial operations, strategic and operational planning processes, marketing strategies and market intelligence. In addition, working in a small company in close contact with other staff, the Associate will gain experience of being a key player within the growth of the business. 

The KTP Associate will receive a competitive salary, extensive practical and formal training, gain highly desirable specialist business skills, broaden knowledge and expertise within an industrially relevant project, and gain valuable experience from commercial and academic mentors. The Associate will also benefit from a Personal Development Budget of £6,000 and will have the opportunity to register free of charge for a postgraduate research qualification, such as a PhD with the work undertaken in the KTP. 

Skills required: Candidates should possess a degree with a minimum of a 2.1 or a higher degree in Sport Science, Podiatry or related discipline, e.g. Sports Engineers or other health care professionals such as physiotherapists. A master’s degree, although desirable, is not essential. This project will involve a significant amount of data collection, analysis and application, therefore applicants must be highly competent with experimental and data analysis experience. 

The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills, be self-motivated and have the ability to work independently and to tight deadlines within a dynamic team environment. CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form. 

Forms to be returned by 21st May 2018. 

Please note that this vacancy will close at 23:59 on the date provided. 

The University of Salford is committed to promoting and championing a culture of diversity, fairness and equality for all our employees and potential employees. Applications are therefore welcomed from individuals of all backgrounds as we strive to reflect a rich diversity throughout our organisation.

For more information and to apply for this vacancy please visit: http://www.jobs.salford.ac.uk/

Closing date: 21/05/2018 

Interview date: TBC

At the University of Salford we are committed to an inclusive approach to promoting equality and diversity.

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