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Design & Tech Associate

Requisition ID:  25133

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  22-Feb-2023


Salary: £32,348 to £34,308 with progression to £42,155 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 23 March 2023


To apply, please complete the online application and attach a CV and covering letter. In your covering letter please outline how you are either working towards, meet or exceed all of the requirements for this role and the essential criteria in the Knowledge, Skills and Experience section below. Provide examples and highlight expertise relevant to the role.


For informal enquiries, please contact Jennine Jonczyk on


This is a fixed term position until 31st December 2026


The Role


Thank you for your interest in joining the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) as part of the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) Programme.  We would love to hear from anyone with a keen interest in ageing and innovation to work on a North of Tyne Combined Authority part funded project to support the development of the world’s first IoCT Cluster to support the region’s businesses.


We are looking for a talented individual with excellent technical skills and domain knowledge or experience with behaviours, to provide specialist expertise to the world’s first Internet of Caring Things Cluster in the North of Tyne region. The ideal person will be passionate about technology and design, collaborative, eager to learn as well as share their experience with teammates, and will hit the ground running and help make an impact.


The National Innovation Centre for Ageing

The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) at Newcastle University is funded by the Government and Newcastle University to create a world in which we all live better, for longer. We team with innovation experts, industry, academics and the public, to identify, develop and bring to market data driven innovative business models, services and products, enhancing life as we age and developing new economic opportunities for organisations while promoting positive impact on society at scale.


The North of Tyne Combined Authority – Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) Programme

The IoCT Programme has been part funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority for 5 years to assist businesses in the region to increase economic growth, create jobs in key NTCA sectors, and ultimately improve resident wellbeing through developing IoCT enabled products and services.  We are building, with partners, a World class innovation ecosystem providing economic and social opportunities and innovations, with a central focus on citizens and community that will mark the region as an international leader for IoCT innovation.


Key Accountabilities

  • Advise, build prototypes using a range of technologies to support IoCT Programme businesses.
  • Support the team on technology horizon scanning and dissemination of that knowledge.
  • Integration/utilising and/or building tools to support our community tool box and the gathering of data insights.
  • Maintaining and operating product demonstrations (including software/hardware/physical set & props).
  • Create and maintain documentation.
  • Be curious and become an expert in the areas of ageing, longevity, innovation and commercialisation.
  • Working with the IoCT data scientist and the IT and digital team within NICA to ensure software and hardware compatibility.
  • Support delivery of business supports for IoCT programme looking to bring new products to support healthy longevity through technology and producing work of an exceptionally high standard
  • Any other duties as specified within the grade.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • Experience of working with and building strong relationships with commercial clients.
  • Communicating with other team members to establish effective pipelines and timely delivery of work.
  • Excellent creative problem solving, systems and design thinking skills.
  • Hardware development skills, across a wide range of technologies (e.g., audio-visual, haptics, robotics, displays, sensors, electronic circuit boards).
  • Ability to constantly learn and stay in touch with evolving technology and creative innovations.
  • Experience of presenting to a wide variety of audiences, both in person and remotely.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven experience of a range of IT programmes.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Desirable)

  • Experience of working and delivering in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience or understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working in healthy ageing and longevity.
  • Software Architecture Fundamentals in object-oriented design and data structures.
  • Agile/Scrum methodologies
  • Familiarity and experience using software version control.
  • Excellent scripting language skills
  • Consumer technology-based product development experience


Qualifications (Essential)

  • Degree in design / computer science / engineering and/or equivalent professional experience.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 25133