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Application and Embedded Software Associate - KTP Associate

University of Reading - Research Services

Location: Bracknell, Reading
Salary: £35,000 to £38,000 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd November 2023
Closes: 12th January 2024
Job Ref: KT23002
 

The postholder will be employed by the University of Reading and working in a small industrial team at Starlight Xpress Ltd (Bracknell, UK).

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK.  It is a 

27-month fixed term contract based full-time at Starlight and provides the opportunity to develop a new set of camera software commands which can be used for the creation of a new range of advanced and highly technical cameras that can be adapted for different markets based on the bespoke requirements of customers.

Apply your skills to research and develop state of the art software to control a new range of camaras based on Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) sensors. You will take responsibility for the whole software development cycle, including development of the software to enable the cameras to be initially targeted for both the astronomy and life science markets.

There is a £4,500 dedicated training budget tailored towards your own personal development in addition to residential management skills training. 

For 30 years, Starlight Xpress Ltd has designed and manufactured a range of cooled & uncooled Charge Coupled Device (CCD) cameras along with associated imaging accessories for Astronomy. The majority of the company's customers are amateur astronomers who have a telescope in their garden and use astronomy cameras as an accessory to the telescope. The CCD camera was the first type of mass market digital camera sensor, offering high image quality with better light sensitivity and reduced noise compared to Complementary metal--oxide--semiconductor (CMOS) technology, making it ideal for astronomy. With the significant improvements in CMOS technology, CCD is fast becoming redundant. The company's objective is to build new CMOS cameras to serve the astronomy market and expand to the Life Science market; as it is considered a high growth area with the new CMOS cameras being much more suited to this market. (https://www.sxccd.com/)

You will have:

  • A good first degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Electronics with significant programming. 

Essential skills we require as a minimum:

  • Design and research skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Application and Embedded programming skills, including C++
  • The ability to create desktop and mobile apps
  • Good understanding of hardware and embedded systems
  • Demonstrate the desire and ability to lead on a commercial project with an understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of a KTP project 

Informal contact details                                                             

Contact role: Professor of Biosensors                                        
Contact name: Eur Ing Professor R. Simon Sherratt                  
Contact phone: +44 (0) 118 378 8588                                        
Contact email: r.s.sherratt@reading.ac.uk                                  

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Associate Professor
Contact name: Dr Chris Jones
Contact phone: +44 (0) 0118 378 8169
Contact email: c.i.jones@reading.ac.uk

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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