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EngD: Multi-disciplinary co-engineering with Thales UK

Position open until filled

The project: To deliver large and complex programmes, multidisciplinary teams are deployed to address the solution. They may come from hardware, software, systems, and reliability, support and safety disciplines and have roles that, in addition to the technical, address management, process and decision making aspects. They are all required to work effectively and efficiently on these complex problems where the efficiencies of delivery do not allow for miscommunication. The engineering teams work in a co-engineering manner either internally or with their external suppliers of products and services. Each of the disciplines may take a slightly different approach to problem solving, documentation and also the manner in which they communicate their problem and solution statements.

There has been a good deal of research in the domain exploring methods and tools (modelling and simulation) to support multi-disciplinary co-engineering, especially based around model-based engineering approaches, SysMl and so on. A second body of work, again based on tool development, concerns multi-disciplinary optimisation and the development of tools sets and frameworks to support this. A third body of work concerns study of the behaviour of multi-disciplinary teams, especially through ethnographic studies, other design observation but also questionnaires and the like. 

It is proposed that a multi-stage research approach should be taken following the Blessing/Chakrabarti research methodology [1] comprising a descriptive study phase involving empirical studies of designers and design teams at work in order to get a better understanding of design practice in developing shared design understandings then a prescriptive study involving experimental development of methods for mapping of design domains for multi-party understanding. This method should be evaluated using a second Descriptive Study and then depending on results embedded in Thales tools.

[1] Blessing, L. T., & Chakrabarti, A. (2009). DRM, a design research methodology. London: Springer

For full http://www.bristol.ac.uk/eng-systems-centre/idc/vacancies/thales-multi-coeng.html

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply Please select ‘Systems Engineering (EngD)’ in the Programme Choice section and quote the project title in the Research Details and Funding sections of the form.

Candidate requirements:  Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) class honours degree (or equivalent) in a numerate subject (e.g. mathematics, engineering, physics), desirably with engineering and /or business experience

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent understanding of typical systems design approaches, an understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of design and knowledge of the tools and methods used in technical design situations. Candidates’ normal background is anticipated to be from within the disciplines of engineering, computer science, although competent applicants of mathematics, physics or economics background will also be considered. Project management experience would be another plus.

The EngD in Systems is a full-time, four-year doctorate programme, offering the experience of rigorous, leading-edge research within a business context. Approximately 75% of The EngD researchers time is spent working with the Company-Sponsor on the research project, with the remaining time spent on taught courses.

NOTE: Candidates must be willing to undertake pre employment and government security checks.

Funding: See Salary

Contacts: Academic contact: chris.mcmahon@bristol.ac.uk  

Administrative contact: systems-eng@bristol.ac.uk

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EngD: Systems Architecture Evaluation with Thales UK

Position open until filled

The project: Systems architecture is crucial in delivering system blueprints that enable different engineering disciplines and project management to approach the identified need and deliver to customer requirements by contributing their part in a coordinated way. It provides generative mechanisms upon which model development within each required discipline can happen in an orchestrated fashion with modelling elsewhere, ensuring high degrees of consistency at system level. It also provides the means to make multiple worldviews and stakeholder perspectives understood and categorised in ways that allow for meaningful integration (e.g. Zachman’s framework).

In recognition of its importance, formal approaches to system architecture have been adopted by both open standards organisations (OMG’s TOGAF) and government (US DoD’s DoDAF, MoD’s MODAF etc.). But whilst the architecting toolset is extended with respect to the mechanisms that allow for more advanced and integrated model-based engineering, automated mapping of customer to technical requirements, engineering ‘capabilities’ etc., there is not so much concern as of yet in the space of evaluating architectural constructs, besides ad hoc comparison of candidate architectures at the design stages.

A key task in establishing an evaluation regime successfully is understanding constituent component interconnections and their ‘N2’ complexity, as well as exploring further the ideas of their cohesion and coupling, as formally defined in SE. That is because architecting successful systems is based on a variety of factors that include an early appreciation of the customer need, selection of a suitable delivery model, meaningful engineering model integration and seamless transition from one phase of work to another etc.

For a full description please visit http://www.bristol.ac.uk/eng-systems-centre/idc/vacancies/thales-sys-arch-evaluation.html

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply Please select ‘Systems Engineering (EngD)’ in the Programme Choice section and quote the project title in the Research Details and Funding sections of the form.

Candidate requirements: Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) class honours degree (or equivalent) in a numerate subject (e.g. mathematics, engineering, physics), desirably with engineering and /or business experience

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellent understanding of typical lifecycles of systems and software development, some understanding of enterprise architecture and be competent in the use of architectural modelling tools such as UML/SysML as a minimum, with an understanding of TOGAF/MODAF a plus. Candidates’ normal background is anticipated to be from within the disciplines of electrical and electronic engineering, software engineering, information systems or computer science, although competent applicants of mathematics, physics or economics background will also be considered. Project management experience would be another plus.

The EngD in Systems is a full-time, four-year doctorate programme, offering the experience of rigorous, leading-edge research within a business context. Approximately 75% of The EngD researchers time is spent working with the Company-Sponsor on the research project, with the remaining time spent on taught courses.

NOTE: Candidates must be willing to undertake pre employment and government security checks.

Funding: See Salary

Contacts: Academic contact: theo.tryfonas@bristol.ac.uk   

Administrative contact: systems-eng@bristol.ac.uk

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EngD: Assessing Customer Values: Quantifying the Intangible with Thales UK

University of Bristol

University of Bristol – Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems, Faculty of Engineering

Qualification type: Professional Doctorate
Location: Bristol
Funding for: EU Students, International Students, Self-funded Students, UK Students
Funding amount: £18,500 pa for 4 years. This is Industry sponsored scholarship, covering the University’ Tuition Fees and a Stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 3rd October 2014
Expires: 3rd January 2015

Position open until filled

The project: The value a customer places on a solution is often intangible but can give a significant market advantage to the supplier with the most acceptable design. Whilst designs, in the form of bids, are generally assessed by people external to the main user, the assessors are still influenced by the key values and their opinions need to be influenced as much as the end user.

This work will investigate approaches to understanding the values placed on a solution by the users within the scope of we, the designer, can address. The placing of tangible values on such intangible features will allow them to be quantified and understood from the design phase forward through to delivery and support. The approaches investigated need to understand the context sensitive customer value space and assess the delivered benefits of the product and not just its price through the delivery cycle from the initial concepts through support and disposal.

The initial starting point for the research will be following up on work by Browning et al. (2002) and Keeney (2004). Research questions are initially focussed on the obvious need to understand the nature of the values and needs that influence customer decisions. The research will be positioned within an action-learning framework that will investigate how the mechanisms of systemic problem structuring can be used to enable beneficial intervention in the customer/supplier relationship as decisions around value are being made.

A full description is available at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/eng-systems-centre/idc/vacancies/thales-ass-cus-values.html 

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply Please select ‘Systems Engineering (EngD)’ in the Programme Choice section and quote the project title in the Research Details and Funding sections of the form.

Candidate requirements: Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) class honours degree (or equivalent) in a numerate subject (e.g. mathematics, engineering, physics), desirably with engineering and /or business experience

The Research Engineer appointed to this position will be expected to demonstrate a great deal of independent research and management of relationships to make the most of this research opportunity. We are looking for a candidate who is able to embrace a range of research methods including a strong emphasis on qualitative data collection and analysis to address the initial research question. Appreciation of the need for systemic problem structuring as a means of intervening in this complex problem situation will also be required.

NOTE: Candidates must be willing to undertake pre employment and government security checks.

Funding: See Salary

Contacts: Academic contact: mike.yearworth@bristol.ac.uk  

Administrative contact: systems-eng@bristol.ac.uk

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Programme Lead: Strength and Conditioning

University of Bath

University of Bath – Sports Development & Recreation

Location: Bath
Salary: £24,775 to £30,434 Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 3rd October 2014
Closes: 22nd October 2014
Job Ref: SS2716

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Team Bath Training and Development, the education and training arm of the DSDR at the University of Bath, are looking for an exceptional Strength and Conditioning coach to join our team as the Programme Lead for our Strength and Conditioning educational programmes and the mentoring of student coaches.

As a passionate educator with a desire to build a leading portfolio of S&C education, you will be responsible for the delivery, design and innovation of our Strength and Conditioning curriculum, which may include short course CPD, intensive and part time long course delivery and responsibility for an academic undergraduate unit in the Department for Health.

A relevant strength and conditioning qualification with evidence of continuing professional development and UKSCA accreditation is essential, as is experience of high quality educational delivery. The successful applicant will also demonstrate an excellent understanding of high performance sport in the UK, with experience of Strength and Conditioning delivery in high performance environments. There will be applied delivery opportunities within Team Bath, but the primary focus of this role is to drive the educational arm of S&C.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in developing our Strength and Conditioning curriculum and would suit a driven, creative and accomplished S&C coach with the organisational ability and desire to drive forwards Strength and Conditioning education in the UK.

The Department of Sports Development and Recreation (DSDR) at the University of Bath manages and organises a range of activities under the University’s sports brand – Team Bath. The Department aspires to create a world leading multi-sport environment delivering to elite athletes, staff and students of the University and the local and regional community. Based in the inspiring £35M Sports Training Village, the Department offers a wide range of high quality sports activities, programmes, events, services and facilities catering for all ages and abilities. This is an opportunity to become part of a professional and progressive organisation at the leading edge of sport, health and fitness.

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Programme Lead: Lifestyle and Sport Psychology

University of Bath

University of Bath – Sports Development & Recreation

Location: Bath
Salary: £24,775 to £30,434 Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 3rd October 2014
Closes: 22nd October 2014
Job Ref: SS2717

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Team Bath Training and Development, the education and training arm of the DSDR at the University of Bath, are looking for an exceptional Lifestyle and Sport Psychology practitioner to join our team as the Programme Lead for educational and associated applied programme delivery.

You will be an experienced, creative and ambitious practitioner with the potential to be an effective Programme Lead in the delivery of Lifestyle Support for TASS and the DSDR Athlete Lifestyle Support Service, and to play a key role in the development of the Dual Career Programme for high performance athletes studying at the University of Bath and in support of our BUCS Target.

Relevant accreditation (BPS/ RPDPS/ BASES) and qualifications in the fields of lifestyle and sport psychology qualification with evidence of continuing professional development is essential, as is experience of high quality educational delivery. The successful applicant will also demonstrate an excellent understanding of high performance sport in the UK, with experience of applied delivery in high performance environments.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in developing our lifestyle and sport psychology provision, and will suit an ambitious practitioner who wants to be part of our strategy to provide an excellent student experience and drive commercial revenue through education in these areas.

The Department of Sports Development and Recreation (DSDR) at the University of Bath manages and organises a range of activities under the University’s sports brand – Team Bath. The Department aspires to create a world leading multi-sport environment delivering to elite athletes, staff and students of the University and the local and regional community. Based in the inspiring £35M Sports Training Village, the Department offers a wide range of high quality sports activities, programmes, events, services and facilities catering for all ages and abilities. This is an opportunity to become part of a professional and progressive organisation at the leading edge of sport, health and fitness.

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Statistics

Lecturer: Starting from £38,511, rising to £45,954

Senior Lecturer/Reader: Starting from £47,328, rising to £54,841

Applications are invited for a post in Statistics at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader level.

A successful applicant at Senior Lecturer or Reader Level will have a strong track record of independent research of international standing. At Lecturer level a successful applicant will have shown (at least) exceptional potential for achieving such research excellence.

The appointee will be expected to sustain a leading research programme, and will be competitive in applications for external funding.

Candidates should also have a strong interest in pursuing excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and in supervising graduate students.

Applications are welcome in any area of Statistics which enhances and complements existing areas of expertise at Bath.

Both the Department and the University are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment. We are working to improve the present gender balance within the Department, and particularly welcome applications from women.

Applications should be submitted online and include the following, as attachments witihin the submission:

(i) a full Curriculum Vitae

(ii) a one page statement of research interests

(iii) a one page statement of your teaching experience and strategy.

Please also indicate, if appointed, when you might be available to take up the position.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Julian Faraway, Prof Chris Jennison or to the Head of Department, Prof. Ivan Graham.

Interview Date: 4th or 5th December 2014

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Information & Systems Manager

University of Sussex

University of Sussex – Research & Enterprise Services

Location: Falmer
Salary: £38,511 to £45,954 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 3rd October 2014
Closes: 23rd October 2014
Job Ref: 751

Salary range: It is normal to appoint at the first point of the salary scale.     

Interviews: 21 November 2014

Research & Enterprise are seeking an experienced information professional to develop and maintain the operational and IT-based processes and systems required by the Division and the wider University for the management of research and knowledge exchange activities.

This post underpins the University’s research and business intelligence provision. The role requires a high level of internal customer focus and the ability to quickly assimilate requirements and to deliver solutions.

Reporting to the Director, you will analyse qualitative and quantitative information, and contribute to the design and management of corporate information systems.

This position requires an individual with a highly developed understanding and experience of business information production, and technical skills that support programme management.

For full details and how to apply see www.sussex.ac.uk/jobs

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Head of Admissions

The Academy of Contemporary Music

The Academy of Contemporary Music

Location: Guildford
Salary: Up to £35,000 dependant on skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 3rd October 2014
Closes: 19th October 2014

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a specialist provider of music education based in Guildford, with approximately 1,200 students on a range of FE and HE programmes in Music Performance, Production and Business. Our creative and dynamic environment blends academic excellence and professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.

ACM is seeking an exceptional individual to work collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders to influence and implement ACM’s student acquisition strategy. This will involve a diverse range of activity to ensure that enquirers and applicants to ACM are supported throughout the student application journey, including the leadership and management of the ACM Admissions Team, the development and maintenance of an effective professional network, and oversight of key events.  

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in higher education management, with a good understanding of the student acquisition lifecycle. Possessing well-developed networking and communication skills, you will have an awareness of recent policy developments in higher education, particularly with regard to student recruitment and conversion.

This is a unique opportunity for the right person to be involved in an exciting and dynamic institution at the forefront of innovative higher education. It is also a new role, and we would welcome applications from people progressing through their career or who are already an established manager in an Admissions Department.

For more information, and to apply for this position download an application form at www.acm.ac.uk/experience/jobs and return it to Hr@acm.ac.uk.

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Analyst Developer (KTP Associate)

Kingston University

Kingston University – Enterprise Department

Location: City Of London
Salary: £27,000 to £30,400 pa depending on qualifications & experience plus training budget of £4,500
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 3rd October 2014
Closes: 24th October 2014
Job Ref: 1393

The Role

This is an excellent opportunity for a highly skilled recent Masters graduate Software Developer to join an innovative, independent software company, to develop a new cross-platform capability.

Kingston University has joined forces with Factbook Ltd on this project to create and implement an IT platform and internal capability that will deliver a new product functionality and improved processes to support business growth through increased sales from innovative product functionality, services and client on boarding processes.

Factbook is a specialist innovator in the provision and delivery of automated reporting solutions to the global investment management sector.

The Person

As a KTP Associate you can expect to:

  • Accelerate your career
  • Gain valuable experience and marketable, highly transferable skills
  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Receive practical and formal management training and development
  • Gain the opportunity for further qualifications
  • Enjoy an excellent chance of a permanent post with the company

As part of this project, you will be able to gain significant commercial experience in the financial technology sector and develop skills in:

  • Database design and analytics
  • Software architecture design
  • Web-based and smart applications development
  • Agile software development practices
  • Software architecture design

The ideal candidate will have a Masters in Computing or related field and possess the ability to demonstrate clear personal responsibility for developing database and analytical systems using relational databases such as Microsoft SQL and experience of building complex web applications.

Other Skills and Competencies required

  • Good commercial awareness
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to articulate ideas
  • Effectively interpret and analyse user requirements
  • Problem solving approach
  • Excellent attention to detail and total commitment to accuracy

Previous industry experience or independent project work will be looked at favourably.

The Faculty / Department

KTP is one of Europe’s leading graduate recruitment programmes which allows graduates {KTP Associates} to gain valuable workplace experience on specific projects of strategic importance to partner companies. www.ktponline.org.uk

Further Information

Please see the Job Description under Attachments… below.

This is a fixed term contract for 27 months.

This role is located in New Malden, Surrey.

To apply for this position please go to http://www.kingston.ac.uk/jobs/
or more information on KTP, see www.ktponline.org.uk
For more information about Factbook Ltd, visit http://www.factbook.co.uk/

To discuss this opportunity informally please email c.talfourd-rich@kingston.ac.uk stating clearly the vacancy number that you are interested in.

Clicking on the link will take you to Kingston University’s website where you will be able to apply online.

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Programme Officer(s)

The Academy of Contemporary Music

The Academy of Contemporary Music

Location: Guildford
Salary: £22,000 dependant on skills and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Permanent
Placed on: 3rd October 2014
Closes: 19th October 2014

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a specialist provider of music education based in Guildford, with approximately 1,200 students on a range of FE and HE programmes in Music Performance, Production and Business. Our creative and dynamic environment blends academic excellence and professionalism, alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.

The Programme Officer role is to provide dedicated administrative support to students on ACM programmes and courses (HE and FE), and to Programme teams and other staff at ACM.

In this role you will be working as part of a team of Programme Officers to provide high-level administrative support for the day-to-day delivery of programmes and courses at ACM. This post requires an individual with the ability to effectively co-ordinate the administration of programmes, using influencing and negotiation skills to ensure the facilitation of a professional service to both staff and students.  You will be dealing with a range of student and lecture queries on a daily basis, and must be used to a fast paced and busy environment.

These are unique opportunities for the right person to be involved in an exciting and dynamic institution at the forefront of innovative higher education.  They are also new roles, and we would welcome applications from people progressing through their career or who are already established Programme Officers.

There are two full positions available, one permanent and one fixed term.

For more information, and to apply for this position download an application form at www.acm.ac.uk/experience/jobs and return it to Hr@acm.ac.uk.

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