Polymer Engineer - KTP Associate

University of Strathclyde / RUA Medical Devices
Location: Irvine
Salary:  £27,000 - £34,000 p.a. plus £5k training and development budget
Closing Date: 13th February 2022

RUA Medical Devices is an experienced full-service medical device contract developer, contract manufacturer and implantable fabric specialist. It is part of the RUA Life Sciences group, formed in April 2020 when AorTech International plc acquired RUA Medical Devices Ltd to create a fully formed medical device business. RUA Life Sciences is the holding company of the group trading through four businesses (RUA Medical Devices Ltd, RUA Vascular Ltd, RUA Biomaterials Ltd, and RUA Structural Heart Ltd) all exploiting the group’s Elast-EonTM polymer technology. RUA Medical Devices Ltd has 32 FTE and generated turnover of £1m in 2020/21.

The University of Strathclyde has joined forces with RUA to develop a series of sophisticated new products, and we are seeking a highly motivated KTP Associate to work with us in this exciting new collaboration. The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme. KTP projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK. To find out how KTP works, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position, please visit: www.ktpws.org.uk.

The KTP Associate will be an employee of the University of Strathclyde and will be supervised by engineering and chemistry academics but will spend most of their working time at the company’s HQ and manufacturing facility in Irvine on the Clyde Coast. At the end of the KTP there is a real opportunity for a permanent position within the company.

A PhD in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline is required. Alternatively, a good honours degree with equivalent skills gained in industry over a period of years will be acceptable. The successful candidate will have a ‘hands-on’ approach with good interpersonal and team working skills and must be able to communicate at all levels and work to tight deadlines.

The position includes extensive management training a generous personal development budget. With the support of academic experts, the West of Scotland KTP Centre, and mentoring from a KTP Adviser, this is an excellent opportunity which offers an extremely interesting, varied and challenging role.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Monica Oliveira, Senior Lecturer (monica.oliveira@strath.ac.uk).

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