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Research Assistant - Product Development



Salary: Grade 6 (£27,929 - £32,348)
Contract: 18-month Fixed Term, Full-time (35 hours per week)
Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge, relevant research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for innovation, business and industry.
Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages. Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, dynamic, and well-qualified researcher to work on the industry-funded project: Defective Trap Identification System (DETIS). The patented DETIS technology was developed at Heriot-Watt University as an approach for minimising the risk of disease transmission from a building wastewater system (an issue of global impact following the SARS and COVID-19 pandemics).
Based on the reflected-wave technique, the DETIS technology uses low-amplitude air pressure waves to monitor the status of water trap seals within the wastewater system; allowing depleted trap seals to be detected and located. The DETIS technology was also shown to have potential to be extended to detect and locate blockages within the wastewater and local underground network.
This research will advance the DETIS technology to the state-of-the-art, incorporating the latest technological developments and data analysis techniques. Our vision is that the DETIS technology is developed into an automated and integrated maintenance tool offering regular and routine monitoring of the building wastewater system; helping to identify system anomalies, and safeguard the health and wellbeing of the building occupants.
This 18 month, full-time, position is funded by our industry partner, Aliaxis, who is a global leader in sustainable and innovative solutions for building water and wastewater systems. The successful appointee will be a highly motivated researcher with a strong background in fluid mechanics, data analysis, and product development. They will be required to work closely with the existing research team and industry partners.
Education, Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate should hold a first degree in fluid mechanics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, or product development. They must have experience of conducting laboratory experimentation and data analysis.
A full job description can be found on our website: https://enzj.fa.em3.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX/job/2392/?utm_medium=jobshare
How to Apply
Applications can be submitted up to midnight UK time on 29th of November 2022.
Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all.
Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers https://disc.hw.ac.uk/ .
We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.
Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.

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