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Position: Technical Officer I (DigiRail)
Institution: University of Birmingham
Department: School of Engineering
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Duties: To provide advice, support and resource for companies during the technology-appraisal and technology-readiness development phases of projects to implement new technologies. Technical Officers will work with the Business Engagement Manager to enlist SME companies to develop technologies as appropriate. The post will be based in the School of Engineering at Birmingham, although the post holder will be expected to work on various locations from time to time
Requirements: Honours degree or equivalent experience in an engineering or related discipline with relevance to the railway engineering industry. Proven skills in planning and managing complex projects, and negotiating solutions against potentially conflicting priorities in order to meet deadlines. Significant experience working in industry, ideally in the SME sector, and ideally in the application of new technology. Experience working with rail industry and its supply chain. Strong data and analysis skills. Knowledge and experience in technology transfer, management of intellectual property and licencing. Awareness of the specific requirements of ERDF projects and willingness to develop expertise in these. Knowledge of academic research and knowledge transfer practices, funding streams and motivations. Experienced in developing plans for significant projects, ideally technology transfer/adoption projects. Excellent communication skills; ability to summarise complex issues/concepts, presenting them appropriately and accessibly for a range of audiences. Ability to plan, manage and prioritise own workload, respond to changing priorities and deliver innovative solutions to deadlines, maintaining a consistently high standard of service and meeting client needs. Good networking and relationship-building skills across many disciplines and working functions, within and outside the university. Entrepreneurial and innovative approach to solving client’s needs. Proficiency in IT and in using all main Microsoft Office products. Ability to work flexibly in leading tasks and groups effectively, with academic and external stakeholders
   
Text: Technical Officer I (DigiRail) - 80412 (4 posts) Click here to go back to search results Apply Now Full Time/Part Time Full Time Duration of Post up to 30 June 2021 Post is open to: External and internal candidates Grade 7 Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year. Additional Information There are 4 posts available. Please note that since this post is externally research funded the maximum salary available is £30,395 For informal enquiries please contact Clive Roberts, c.roberts.20@bham.ac.uk 0121 414 4306 Terms and Conditions Administrative and Other Related Staff Job Purpose This post will be part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The Digital Rail Demand-led Demonstrator (DIGI-RAIL) is a 3-year project bringing together national and international rail industry buyers with the region’s businesses and research expertise to solve challenges within the industry and access the increasing number of digital rail commercial/research opportunities that exist in the sector. DIGI-RAIL will build on the University of Birmingham’s established partnerships with major players in the Rail industry including, Rail Alliance, Network Rail, HS2, RIA, RSSB, TfL, Hack Partners and a range of expertise in key domains of Digital Rail, including Traffic Management; the European Train Control System; Automatic Train Operation; Energy Management; Rolling Stock Design; BIM; Smart Ticketing; Future Wireless Networks; Fault Management; Station Information Systems; IoT & Cyber Security. DIGI-RAIL will establish a cluster of Digital Rail Demand-led Demonstrators (with staff distributed across Greater Birmingham and Solihull and Coventry and Warwickshire) to showcase & offer long-term innovation support to businesses looking to develop digital products & services for the rail industry. There is a need for highly qualified Technical Officers at the University to provide advice, support and resource for companies during the technology-appraisal and technology-readiness development phases of projects to implement new technologies. Technical Officers will work with the Business Engagement Manager to enlist SME companies to develop technologies as appropriate. The post will be based in the School of Engineering at Birmingham, although the post holder will be expected to work on various locations from time to time. The role will also involve extensive collaboration with SMEs within Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership areas. Therefore, the ability to interact with external commercial organisations is a prerequisite for this position. Person Specification • Hold an Honours degree or equivalent experience in an engineering or related discipline with relevance to the railway engineering industry. • A higher degree in an engineering or related discipline with relevance to the railway engineering industry would be advantageous. • Proven skills in planning and managing complex projects, and negotiating solutions against potentially conflicting priorities in order to meet deadlines. • Significant experience working in industry, ideally in the SME sector, and ideally in the application of new technology. • Experience working with rail industry and its supply chain. • Strong data and analysis skills. • Knowledge and experience in technology transfer, management of intellectual property and licencing. • Awareness of the specific requirements of ERDF projects and willingness to develop expertise in these. • Knowledge of academic research and knowledge transfer practices, funding streams and motivations. • Experienced in developing plans for significant projects, ideally technology transfer/adoption projects. • Excellent communication skills; ability to summarise complex issues/concepts, presenting them appropriately and accessibly for a range of audiences. • Ability to plan, manage and prioritise own workload, respond to changing priorities and deliver innovative solutions to deadlines, maintaining a consistently high standard of service and meeting client needs. • Good networking and relationship-building skills across many disciplines and working functions, within and outside the university. • An entrepreneurial and innovative approach to solving client’s needs. • Proficiency in IT and in using all main Microsoft Office products. • Able to work flexibly in leading tasks and groups effectively, with academic and external stakeholders. Closing Date 25 Jan 2019 A full job description is available in PDF format http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/80412.pdf Apply Now If you do not have Adobe software you can view the full job description by clicking here to download Adobe software free of charge. (This will take you to an external site). Email this vacancy to a friend University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK Tel: 0121 415 9000
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