KTP Associate: Software Research Engineer (fixed term)

Closing Date
Tuesday, 6th August 2019
Job Type
Computer Science
£25,000 – £32,000 per annum depending on skills, qualifications and experience; plus £4,500 training package.

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a Software Research Engineer to join our exciting collaboration with Optrak and Lancaster University. Employed by the University of Nottingham, and based at Optrak offices in Ware, Hertfordshire, you will take a central role in delivering a project to develop advanced optimisation techniques for Vehicle Routing and joining a professional Agile software development team.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to carry out a high-profile Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project within a specific time frame, fully supported by the University and Optrak. A key aspect of your role will be to transfer the latest science-based research in (meta/hyper-heuristic) optimisation to identify, implement and embed new technologies, practices and processes into the company for commercial delivery. This is a new and important role for Optrak, who are looking to enhance their logistics optimisation software. You will engage with Optrak’s customers, staff and other logistics experts to help build the right products for Optrak and its customers. Experience of working in a commercial environment and logistics, in particular, would be highly desirable.

You should hold or be close to completion of an undergraduate (preferably a postgraduate) degree or equivalent in computer science, artificial intelligence, operational research or a related discipline. Candidates without a computer science degree should have significant programming experience.

As a proactive person and good communicator, you will be expected to manage most aspects of your own work and to liaise directly with academic staff at Nottingham and Lancaster and senior staff at Optrak, in addition to your team colleagues at Optrak. Through the KTP, you will be given the support and mentoring you need to nurture your talent. 

As a University employee, you will have access to the resources of the University as well as a range of benefits and rewards, including staff discounts and travel schemes and a highly attractive pension scheme.

Optrak specialises in Vehicle Routing and Scheduling software and related consultancy. The company works primarily in the Scala programming language using the latest functional programming tools and paradigms.

This is a full time, fixed term post until 30 November 2021 funded through the KTP, a UK Government scheme, enabling graduates to work challenging projects in a partnership between business and academia. Fast track your career managing a project that has the potential to transform the business. To understand how KTP works please read

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Ender Ozcan at Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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