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KTP Associate Northumbrian Water Ltd

Requisition ID:  12861

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  05-Oct-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £32,500 per annum

Closing Date: 31/10/2021


The Role


Based primarily at Northumbrian Water Ltd, Durham and on occasion other sites including North Shields and Middlesborough, you will help to achieve a Knowledge Transfer Partnership’s objectives to deliver new control and operational practices for two largest treatment works.

Candidates with a Degree in Chemical or Process Engineering or PhD/EngD in a related area of application together with experience in MATLAB and data driven modelling experience are preferred.



  • Develop managerial skills and attend two residential managerial workshops (each of one week duration)
  • £5,000 Individual training budget
  • The opportunity to undertake a Higher Degree
  • The opportunity to lead a project, develop project management skills and improve long term career prospects
  • Mentoring by a Knowledge Transfer Network Adviser
  • Full access to university resources to complete the project
  • Access to a full range of continuing professional development modules within the University
  • Improving Associate profile and long-term career prospects



The KTP Associate will be an employee of Newcastle University but will spend most of their working time at the company’s premises at Pity Me, Durham.  The contract is fixed-term for a duration of 30 months, although it is worth noting that more than 70% of KTP staff receive a permanent job offer by their KTP company.


Northumbrian Water Northumbrian Water (NW) and Essex & Suffolk Water (ESW) are both part of Northumbrian Water Limited, a company registered in England and Wales, which is a member of Northumbrian Water Group. Further information about Northumbrian Water can be found here: https://www.nwl.co.uk/


For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Chris O’Malley (Chris.O’Malley@ncl.ac.uk)


For further details on School of Engineering please visit our web page at: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/

For further details about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please visit the web page at: http://www.ktp-uk.org/


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


Key Tasks




  • On starting the project, the role includes a substantial amount of time familiarising with the project, its partners, project objectives, key milestones and partner priorities
  • Undertake research and analysis to develop a good understanding of the

operational strategies of the company, as well as gain a fundamental understanding of the site-specific operational strategies and legislative/regulatory requirements.

  • Develop, test, investigate and report results of new methodologies, roll out methodologies to new sites.
  • Identify best solution and transfer and embed the established models within the company
  • Disseminate and embed the knowledge within Northumbrian Water throughout the KTP via reports, presentations, group discussions, staff training, workshops
  • Present findings to stakeholders prepare and complete full documentation
  • Disseminate research via scientific publications and conferences


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  •    Strong experience using MATLAB with experience of other languages such as Python or R (Desirable)
  •    Data driven modelling experience, with particular importance on Linear Programming
  •    Strong data analysis skills, experience of working with big data is advantageous
  •    Experience with forecasting models (and tools such as Neural Networks and Machine Learning) is also encouraged
  •    An understanding of the Water Industry and its operations (Desirable)
  •    Ability to prepare conference papers and journal articles (Desirable)


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Personal motivation and drive
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels to different stakeholder groups
  • Good persuasion and influencing skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills




  • Degree in Chemical or Process Engineering
  • PhD or EngD (Desirable)

Newcastle University is 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 also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 12861