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Sustainable Process Development Associate (KTP Associate, Vistafolia)

School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Location:  Other
Salary:  £30,500 to £32,500 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 16 July 2020
Closing Date:  Sunday 16 August 2020
Interview Date:  Thursday 03 September 2020
Reference:  029120

Are you a recently qualified postgraduate Engineering student, interested in product life cycle, sustainability and design of circular economy?  Do you have what it takes to establish a brand-new R&D facility?

Vistafolia and the University of Surrey are offering (subject to contract ) an exciting opportunity to lead and manage a 25-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to design a process to develop a new sustainable polymer with recyclable qualities and to set-up a new UK Research and Development facility.

This KTP will enable you to kickstart your career in industry and apply your knowledge and technical expertise gained through academic study in a real-world context to establish a process to bring new products to market. This project will require you to develop innovative solutions to technical problems. You will need to understand the process design for scale-up, the product life-cycle and be able to set-up a new UK R&D facility to control the batch making process.

KEY Requirements

The successful candidate should possess the following: -

Technical criteria - Essential:

  • A recent MSc/MEng (or higher) degree in Engineering with Materials Science
  • Experience in process engineering, automation and control
  • Experience in laboratory set-up of unit operations, and engineering design approaches

Technical criteria - Desirable:

  • Previous industrial work experience including placement
  • Experience of technical documentation and reporting/presentation
  • Experience of scale-up and life cycle assessment

Non-technical criteria:

  • Proficiency in the English language (i.e. excellent speaking, listening, reading, writing skills)
  • Self-starter who will perform beyond the bounds of the immediate task-set, with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels
  • Enthusiasm for the scientific method, embracing new ideas and concepts whilst bridging the gap between academia and industry, preserving the interests of both

Based at Vistafolia in Frimley, Surrey, you will have the confidence to manage and take full ownership of this KTP project - a collaboration between Vistafolia and the University of Surrey. Vistafolia designs, manufactures and supplies unique and versatile ultra-realistic lush artificial green wall systems. The company’s success depends on innovation leadership, which means constantly improving product design and durability. To succeed in this role, you will require a clear understanding of both the KTP Programme and the company partner.

This KTP is offered on a 25-month fixed-term contract and will provide you with the opportunity to become a technical authority in this subject area, which may substantially enhance your employability post KTP. You will benefit from business-based training and career development, including a diverse range of non-technical skills, such as project management and leadership. Thus, you will be demonstrably pragmatic, efficient, creative, highly-proactive and motivated to embed new knowledge into the company.

What benefits can Vistafolia offer?

  • 20 days leave per annum plus public holidays
  • Potential to secure a permanent job at the end of the KTP

What benefits can you expect from the University of Surrey?

  • Pension, child care assistance, Cycle-to-work scheme, Season ticket loans
  • Access to a wide range of courses under the Learning & Development programme; access to the library

What benefits can you expect from the KTP Programme?

  • Dedicated training budget for your personal development; opportunity to gain professional qualifications and an accelerated route to Chartered Engineer/Scientist status.
  • Access to academic support and the University’s laboratories to help you deliver your KTP project.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dan Bance, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address cannot be accepted.

Please be aware that, as part of the KTP Programme, your application will be viewed by members of the host organisation. By submitting your application, you are giving consent to share your personal details with the company partner outlined above.

Please note that if you require a Certificate of Sponsorship to take up this position, the University will only be able to grant this if a) you are a graduate switching into Tier 2 (General) within the UK from the student route or b) you are aged 25 or under on the date you apply. 


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