WSN KTP Associate

KTP Associate – ENG008A, – Ref: 1306939 

College / University Administration

College of Physical Sciences

School / Section

School of Engineering

Position Type


Closing Date

15 Feb 2013


Salary Range £22,000 to £25,000

Job Summary

The School of Engineering of the University of Aberdeen is seeking to appoint a KTP Associate, for a period of 2 years, to work with Nautronix on a collaborative Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project to enhance the Company’s subsea communications technology capabilities.

The primary business of Nautronix is to design and manufacture underwater acoustic positioning and control systems. The underwater positioning systems are led by NASNet®, which is a patented broadcast adaptation of the Long Base Line positioning technique, allowing the positioning of an unlimited number of vessels, ROVs and other subsea equipment through the use of a seabed deployed array of positioning stations. The acoustic control systems are led by NASeBOP – a control system which provides acoustic control of blow out preventers. This provides, in the majority of cases, a backup control capability for use in the event of an emergency.

The Associate will be a University employee, however will be supported and supervised by staff from both the Company and the University. The Associate will be based at the Company, which is located near Aberdeen Airport.

 You will have a recent Honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics or related subject. You will have knowledge, experience and interest in data communications and network protocols, and associated software skills (e.g. C++, Python, MATLAB). Knowledge of acoustic communications, signal processing and underwater technology would be an advantage.

Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work to deadlines and work successfully in a team environment.

Salary will be from £22,000 to £25,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience, with potential for a salary increase in year 2, dependent on performance.

 If you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK, you will be required to fulfill the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Melanie Noble, HR Adviser, ( for further information on this.

For further information and to apply online for this position, visit (Reference ENG008A). Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Alastair Allen

Closing date for applications: 15 February 2013 


An honours degree (or equivalent) in Electronic Engineering, Physics, or allied discipline

Experience of the design, implementation and documentation of software systems

Programming skills (eg. C++, Matlab, Python)

Knowledge of data communications and network protocols

Knowledge of signal processing algorithms

Experience of completing project work in line with stipulated deadlines

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Capable of working alone as well as in a team environment

Excellent interpersonal skills

Logical and analytical approach to problem

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