Product Development Engineer (Electronics and Electrical) for Conservation Management - KTP Associate

£32,000 - £32,000

Braemar, Aberdeenshire - 16 months

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Job description

This Knowledge Transfer Partnership role is an opportunity to work at the interface between engineering and conservation in the heart of the world renowned Cairngorms National Park. The Associate will be tackling a historic issue that impacts current political and conservation agendas around woodland expansion, conservation management and wildlife management. The position will be based at Mar Lodge Estate, owned by the National Trust for Scotland and the UKs largest National Nature Reserve The project provides a rare opportunity to develop technical, practical, academic and business skills simultaneously and provides a training and development budget of £5,500 for the Associate to build their skill set, ready for the emerging solutions-based working environment.

In collaboration with National Trust Scotland (NTS), Mar Lodge Estate, we have an exciting opportunity at the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI), in Inverness College’s Research Department for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. The KTP Associate will lead the delivery of a project that will continue to develop, pilot and implement an innovative herbivore deterrent to protect young trees from animal damage. In contrast to current practices, the deterrent continual design must include low landscape impact, low cost to produce and maintain and easily deployed in remote areas under challenging environmental conditions. This deterrent has the potential to be ground-breaking for woodland conservation in Scotland. The KTP Associate will be instrumental in developing this innovative conservation tool, with applications beyond forestry, and deliver a product that will be competitive in the current and future market. We are looking for someone with expertise in electronics and electrical engineering and/or computer/software science, a keen interest in upland conservation, wildlife management and/or forestry would be beneficial, with an inquisitive and pro-active mind-set, capable of innovative-led and agile thinking.

A key aspect of the role will be to employ the latest science-based research in electronics to identify, implement and embed new technologies, practices and processes into the company for commercial delivery. You will engage with the company’s and university’s staff, as well as key stakeholders throughout the project to ensure that the technologies implemented are aligned with NTS and industry requirements (see further information).

This 16-month, fixed term post will be based primarily at Mar Lodge Estate and other rural sites for field trials with contact time at UHI Inverness for supervision and engagement with the engineering department.

Project description

To research, develop & implement a sustainable deterrent mechanism, using innovative technological solutions, to protect young trees from animal damage. In contrast to current practices, the deterrent must have a low landscape impact, be low in costs & maintenance and be effective all year round.

About the business

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is a national conservation charity whose key objectives include the protection and care of Scotland’s heritage and the creation of an efficient and sustainable business, that supports their conservation needs. Their purpose is to protect, care for, share and speak up for Scotland's heritage. NTS is Scotland's largest membership organisation, independent of government.

Not for profit / conservation

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

BSc/BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Control and Instrumentation Engineering, Computer Science or similar.

24 August 2022

16 October 2022

1 November 2022

UHI/1193


This Knowledge Transfer Partnership role is an opportunity to work at the interface between engineering and conservation in the heart of the world renowned Cairngorms National Park. The Associate will be tackling a historic issue that impacts current political and conservation agendas around woodland expansion, conservation management and wildlife management. The position will be based at Mar Lodge Estate, owned by the National Trust for Scotland and the UKs largest National Nature Reserve The project provides a rare opportunity to develop technical, practical, academic and business skills simultaneously and provides a training and development budget of £5,500 for the Associate to build their skill set, ready for the emerging solutions-based working environment.

In collaboration with National Trust Scotland (NTS), Mar Lodge Estate, we have an exciting opportunity at the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI), in Inverness College’s Research Department for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. The KTP Associate will lead the delivery of a project that will continue to develop, pilot and implement an innovative herbivore deterrent to protect young trees from animal damage. In contrast to current practices, the deterrent continual design must include low landscape impact, low cost to produce and maintain and easily deployed in remote areas under challenging environmental conditions. This deterrent has the potential to be ground-breaking for woodland conservation in Scotland. The KTP Associate will be instrumental in developing this innovative conservation tool, with applications beyond forestry, and deliver a product that will be competitive in the current and future market. We are looking for someone with expertise in electronics and electrical engineering and/or computer/software science, a keen interest in upland conservation, wildlife management and/or forestry would be beneficial, with an inquisitive and pro-active mind-set, capable of innovative-led and agile thinking.

A key aspect of the role will be to employ the latest science-based research in electronics to identify, implement and embed new technologies, practices and processes into the company for commercial delivery. You will engage with the company’s and university’s staff, as well as key stakeholders throughout the project to ensure that the technologies implemented are aligned with NTS and industry requirements (see further information).

This 16-month, fixed term post will be based primarily at Mar Lodge Estate and other rural sites for field trials with contact time at UHI Inverness for supervision and engagement with the engineering department.