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Embedded Systems Research and Development Engineer (KTP Associate)

University of Essex - CSEE

Location: Colchester
Salary: £33,900 to £38,300 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2018
Closes: 29th January 2019
Job Ref: REQ02178

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a unique UK-wide activity that helps 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 Project

The University of Essex in partnership with Aquatronic Group Management plc offers an exciting opportunity to a graduate with the relevant skills and knowledge to develop the next generation in building service pump controllers incorporating telemetry, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to improve pump efficiency, and allow the unit to diagnose potential faults before a breakdown occurs.

This post is fixed term for 36 months and is based at Aquatronic Group’s offices in Colchester, Essex.

Duties of the post:

The duties of the post will include:

  • Establish an awareness of AGM’s working environment and gain an understanding of the problems which are to be addressed through the utilisation of Artificial Intelligence and Embedded Systems.
  • Deep dive in sensors, control systems and IoT networks alongside the project team.
  • Develop the necessary tools to develop a novel remote and secure IoT networks to capture and store the data
  • Develop novel Explicable Artificial Intelligence method to generate from data models which could be used for the predictive maintenance of the AGM equipment.
  • Conduct continual iterative testing and refinement of these models.
  • Working with the project team, design and build software which will enhance the current AGM suite of products.
  • At all stages, ensure that skills brought to and developed by the project are transferred to AGM existing skills base by conducting training exercises.
  • Publishing papers and drafting patent applications as needed.

Key Requirements:

The post holder must have:

  • A degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or Physics, or equivalent level of experience.
  • Experience of embedded systems programming
  • Experience with hardware and software design/development
  • Knowledge and interest in IoT
  • Java, C or C++ programming


As a KTP Associate, the post will offer the following benefits:

  • A personal development budget of £6,000 (exclusive of salary).
  • Management training and mentoring by an Innovate UK KT 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.


Aquatronic Group Management plc
A G M House
London Road

This role is subject to funding. Funding outcome is due January 2019.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

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