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KTP Associate: Software Research Engineer (fixed term)
University of Nottingham
Closing Date: Tuesday, 6th August 2019
Job Type: Research
Department: Computer Science
Salary: £25,000 - £32,000 per annum depending on skills, qualifications and
experience; plus £4,500 training package.
The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a Software
Research Engineer to join our exciting collaboration with Optrak and
Lancaster University. Employed by the University of Nottingham, and based at
Optrak offices in Ware, Hertfordshire, you will take a central role in
delivering a project to develop advanced optimisation techniques for Vehicle
Routing and joining a professional Agile software development team.
This is an exciting opportunity for you to carry out a high-profile
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project within a specific time frame,
fully supported by the University and Optrak. A key aspect of your role will
be to transfer the latest science-based research in (meta/hyper-heuristic)
optimisation to identify, implement and embed new technologies, practices
and processes into the company for commercial delivery. This is a new and
important role for Optrak, who are looking to enhance their logistics
optimisation software. You will engage with Optrak’s customers, staff and
other logistics experts to help build the right products for Optrak and its
customers. Experience of working in a commercial environment and logistics,
in particular, would be highly desirable.
You should hold or be close to completion of an undergraduate (preferably a
postgraduate) degree or equivalent in computer science, artificial
intelligence, operational research or a related discipline. Candidates
without a computer science degree should have significant programming
As a proactive person and good communicator, you will be expected to manage
most aspects of your own work and to liaise directly with academic staff at
Nottingham and Lancaster and senior staff at Optrak, in addition to your
team colleagues at Optrak. Through the KTP, you will be given the support
and mentoring you need to nurture your talent.
As a University employee, you will have access to the resources of the
University as well as a range of benefits and rewards, including staff
discounts and travel schemes and a highly attractive pension scheme.
Optrak (https://optrak.com/) specialises in Vehicle Routing and Scheduling
software and related consultancy. The company works primarily in the Scala
programming language using the latest functional programming tools and
This is a full time, fixed term post until 30 November 2021 funded through
the KTP, a UK Government scheme, enabling graduates to work challenging
projects in a partnership between business and academia. Fast track your
career managing a project that has the potential to transform the business.
To understand how KTP works please read
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