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Ref no:
RGU04343
Published:
13/9/2021
Closes:
24/10/2021
Location:
RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
Salary:
£25,000 - £34,000 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
Hours:
35 hours per week

Job Summary

As part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aberdeen Harbour Board (AHB), we are seeking a Knowledge Transfer Associate. The Associate will take a leading role in the development of advanced staff and operational optimal scheduling software aimed at improving efficiencies by facilitating the real-time price-management of demand. The Associate will also have the opportunity to register for a research degree based on the work carried out on the project.

The post holder will be employed by the National Subsea Centre at Robert Gordon University and will be based predominantly at the premises of Aberdeen Harbour Board, supported and supervised by staff from both the company and the University.

Aberdeen Harbour is one of the UK’s busiest ports and a world leading marine support centre with links to more than 40 countries. AHB serves several industries as the main commercial port in the North-East of Scotland and has a strong focus on Oil & Gas supply vessels. The Smart Data Technologies research group at RGU, which the post-holder will join, is based at the National Subsea Centre and specialises in the application of advanced data science and artificial intelligence to real-world industrial problems.

The project has the following key objectives:

· Develop staff and operational optimal scheduling software to assist AHB in delivering real-time price management solutions

· Transfer knowledge of advanced simulation and software development techniques to AHB

· Work as part of the Smart Data Technologies research group at RGU

· Develop technical skills, potentially to PhD level, in a fast-paced technical environment and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

· Develop personal skills (verbal and written) to meet the requirements of an increasing responsibility and experience level

A KTP is a three-way project between an associate, a business and a university (see www.ktponline.org.uk). The Associates are recruited to manage strategic projects within the company, whist being supported by a dedicated academic supervisor. Founded in 1975, KTP is one of Europe’s largest recruitment programmes.

This position is funded for a period of 26 months by the KTP Programme. This is an opportunity to join a project which will offer challenging business analysis and process improvement work within a supportive, well managed and motivated team environment. In addition to a dedicated personal development budget of c.£5,600 and a travel budget, it is also anticipated that following the 26 month period, the company will continue the employment of the Associate.

 

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Prof. John McCall

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST:

We seek a Software Developer / Analyst to specify and develop software for the modelling and optimization of harbour operations as a KTP Associate within an Aberdeen Harbour Board (AHB) Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

Develop data science and combinatorial optimization techniques to model and improve key performance indicators related to staff rostering and harbour throughput

Develop and simulate strategies for data-driven real-time price-management of demand

Transfer knowledge of advanced data science and optimization techniques to AHB

Work as part of the Smart Data Technologies research group at the National Subsea Centre, Robert Gordon University.

Develop research skills, potentially to PhD level, in a fast-paced technical environment and as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Develop personal skills (verbal and written) to meet the requirements of an increasing responsibility and experience level

PRINCIPAL DUTIES:

Gain expertise on harbour operations, available on-site and external data sources

Requirements analysis and software component design

Software development, testing and implementation

Software packaging and delivery

Manage the project and organize the meetings of the joint AHB-SDTC steering panel.

Liaise with industry experts, university and company supervisors.

Deliver presentations to immediate project team members and technical experts.

Organise seminars and training for company personnel on developed software.

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications  and Professional Memberships

2.1 Honours degree in Computing or strongly related discipline

Willingness to actively engage with professional bodies and agencies

Knowledge and skills

Strong OO-programming background (C++/Java), at least H Mathematics

Strong interpersonal skills

Ability to self-direct

Strong problem solving and analytical skills

Good report writing and presentation skills

Happy to work in an interdisciplinary team

Excellent prioritisation and time management skills

Travel

Preparedness to travel to academic and technical conferences

 

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships:

Masters degree in Computing or strongly related discipline

Membership of IEEE / ACM / BCS

Knowledge and skills

Combinatorial optimization, metaheuristic optimization, probability and statistics, time series analysis

Experience

Industrial programming experience

Project experience in data science, analytical modelling, combinatorial optimization