Position type:

Full time


£28,000 - £32,000

23 Jul 2019
21 Aug 2019

Full details:

Reference number: SOU-1163619DA

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate in a collaborative project between The Parkside Group (TPG) based at Mitcham, Surrey and the University of Southampton. This project will embed and exploit novel technical capabilities in thermal break materials for use in aluminium windows.

The Parkside Group Limited is a British independent group which delivers innovative building envelope solutions to the construction industry.  TPG includes some of the most respected brands in the construction industry, including Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, Axim Architectural Hardware, and Alu-Timber.  Together they deliver a unique opportunity for professionals to rely on a single source solution for architectural aluminium systems, door hardware and ventilation products.  TPG are looking to develop a new, more thermally efficient design of the thermal break for aluminium windows and doors. This is aimed at the growing residential market and should lead to reduced cost manufacturing. This would increase the adoption of aluminium in the UK residential market.

The vast majority of your time (>90%) will be spent at the company premises in Mitcham, Surrey, under the supervision of the dedicated company team with access to the skills, resources and tools required to complete the project. You will receive a minimum of 0.5 days per week supervision (excluding travelling time) from partnership, and will have access to expertise and resources from the University of Southampton.  There will be a dedicated training budget of £4,000 for you to further develop your skill.. 

You will have a Masters or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in materials science, tribology, structural engineering or a related field of science along with knowledge of CAD software. It is essential you are able to work independently and able to manage a project including meeting defined milestones.

TPG is proud to be a highly responsive, service orientated, independent business that is known to help, support and value its employees, customers, suppliers and business partners.  

This is a full time fixed term contract for 2 years.

The University of Southampton (UoS) is a research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group.

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is one of the most successful of its type in the world. We are defining and developing substantial areas of research that impact on the fast-changing world in which we live.Our international reputation attracts students from around the world to study and research on innovative programmes that provide access to renowned academics, unique and cutting-edge facilities, and a community that is exciting, ambitious, and dynamic. Our thriving research community is highly valued by our many industrial collaborators, with our achievements receiving national and global recognition.


If you need any assistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3462. Please quote vacancy reference number 1163619DA on all correspondence.


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