Materials Engineer (Energetics) (KTP Associate)

Saltash, Cornwall and Shrivenham, Oxfordshire
£24,000 to £28,000 per annum, plus £6,000 personal development budget
21 Jan 2019
24 Feb 2019
Defence, Sciences

Cranfield Defence and Security Materials Engineer (Energetics) (KTP Associate)

  • £24,000 to £28,000 per annum, plus £6,000 personal development budget
  • Fixed Term Contract for 3 years
  • Location: Spinnaker International Ltd. (Saltash, Cornwall) and Cranfield Defence and Security (Shrivenham, Oxfordshire)

An exciting opportunity to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate has arisen as part of a 3 year KTP between Spinnaker International Ltd. and Cranfield University. You will work on developing the Next Generation of Cash Boxes for secure transportation of money and valuable items. The KTP is led by Spinnaker International Ltd, a world leader in Cash Box design, but in this case an extended period of time will be initially spent at Cranfield University, a leading Institution for Security based studies.

In this role you will drive the design and fabrication of an improved transportable cash-box which will have a significant uplift in its ability to prevent crime, protect cash and valuables and thus enhance the safety of personnel. This will be achieved by combining key aspects of engineering, materials science and chemistry, ensuring that a robust and reliable commercial product is developed.
This combination of Engineering, Science, Industry and Academia makes this project highly regarded and brings a wealth of possible outcomes for the right candidate who will be ultimately based at the Spinnaker International site and working inside one of the Industry leaders. You will be expected to be in charge of the project from an early stage and in support of this, you will enjoy a £6,000 personal development budget over the lifetime of the project.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a degree in Engineering / Materials Science / Science or equivalent, and some experience of evaluating concepts and implication s of design change on manufacturing, product quality and safety. You will be able to identify and develop practical solutions to problems, areas of improvement, and interpret and implement standards, procedures and specifications. In addition, you will have strong oral, visual and written communication skills, and work as part of a team.

For an informal discussion, please contact Ranko Vrcelj, Senior Lecturer in Ordnance Science and Technology on or Jackie Akhavan, Head of Centre for Defence Chemistry on 

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.
Apply online now at or contact us for further details on E: or T: +44 (0)1793 785207. For any enquiries, please quote reference number 2937.

Closing date for applications: 24 February 2019
Interviews will be held: 6 March 2019

This partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. This successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

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