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Motion Control Software Developer (KTP Associate)

University of Essex - School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Location: Maldon
Salary: £34,000 to £37,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th September 2018
Closes: 8th October 2018
Job Ref: REQ01828


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a unique UK-wide activity that help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity by making better use of the knowledge, technology and skills within universities, colleges and research organisations.  Further information is available at:


The University of Essex in partnership with Blackman & White Ltd offers an exciting opportunity to a graduate to develop state-of-the-art automated motion control on a new, patented cutting machine and programming functionality for Blackman & White’s current range of machines. This post is fixed term for 30 months and is based at Blackman & White Ltd’s offices in Heybridge, Essex.


The duties of the post will include:

  • Conduct assessment of current user interface system and analysis of company needs.
  • Design the development framework for an intuitive interface platform with capacity for iterative/remote future development.
  • Understand and contribute to the evolution of a long term strategic business plan including milestone deadlines.
  • Apply current leading embedded systems techniques to the development and testing of a user interface system.
  • Integration with existing model range and evaluation of compatibility/functionality.
  • Iteration of user interface system and development for new product lines.
  • Document development programme and conduct training exercises to embed new knowledge among colleagues.
  • Participation in promotion and marketing of the new system to existing customers and potential new markets; this may include presentations or attendances at trade shows, etc.
  • Presentation of the innovative methods employed in association with the Academic Supervisory team; participation in the preparation of one or more academic journal article(s) and potential attendance at one or more conference(s).


The postholder must have:

  • BSc in Computer Science or Electronic Engineering.
  • Knowledge and experience of C, C++, Java, Visual Studio.
  • Knowledge and experience of GUI design.
  • Experience of working in Human Computer Interfacing.
  • Knowledge and experience of embedded systems, microcontrollers and network security.
  • Knowledge and experience of motion control systems and firmware.
  • Experience of laboratory testing and analysis.
  • Experience of working with real-time systems.


  • As a KTP Associate, the post will offer the following benefits:
  • A personal development budget of £5,000 (exclusive of salary).
  • Management training and mentoring by an Innovate UK KTP Adviser.
  • An interesting and challenging role, with exposure to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Full access to university resources to complete the project.
  • World-leading Academic and Company project supervision, with project support by a dedicated, sector leading KTP Office.


Blackman & White Ltd
The Street Industrial Estate
Heybridge Street

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