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KTP Associate in Adaptive Vision Systems

Electronic Engineering
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Nocturna Ltd, Stamford Bridge, York
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Fixed term
Salary will be on a fixed spot between 28,936 and 31,604 a year
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We seek an Associate to work on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between the Electronic Engineering Department of the University of York and Nocturna Ltd. Nocturna Ltd. is part of the Queens Award for Enterprise: International Award Winner 2016, IRNV Group based in York, UK. Working as a Research Associate at the cross-section of fundamental research and translation into commercial products is both a prestigious and exciting opportunity. We specialise in innovative and cutting edge infra-red night vision equipment. Nocturna and related companies have been providing night vision solutions to the global market since 2012 and have a loyal customer base who value continuous innovation in night vision technologies and product design. This research and development project has arisen from a commercial need to investigate the potential of new imaging and illumination technologies beyond the current capabilities and capacities of current state of the art.

The aim of the project is to develop a novel device for the adaptive acquisition and selective filtering of images from cameras with controlled target illumination. The research focus of this post is on design optimisation of control circuits and system architecture of adaptive vision systems. Engineering challenges will be system design as well as development of an intuitive human-device-interface.

You will be educated to at least Masters level with significant study components in hardware systems and software engineering, and will have good knowledge of imaging technology, camera systems or related devices, and will have experience with product development processes in electronic design and embedded systems programming. You will also have strong presentation, writing, and object-oriented design and development skills. Essential personal attributes for this role include attention to detail and commitment to high quality, a collaborative ethos, positive attitude to colleagues, commitment to personal development, and ability to plan and prioritise own work to meet deadlines. A PhD is desirable, but not essential for this role. Informal enquiries regarding this position may be made to: Dr. Martin Trefzer ( or Dr. Alex Roskoss (

Your work will involve self-directed research into the capability of existing components and modules, proposals of integrated imaging systems and investigations using prototype systems to determine technical and commercial viability. You will be expected to coordinate information from the University and Nocturna to inform the technical and commercial aspects of the proposed development. You will be expected to contribute ideas and energy to the project while taking responsibility to deliver key elements at key times.

You will be expected to understand the core technologies of imaging systems, their control and optimisation, as well as understand and develop timing and synchronisation control systems for multiple modules with differing characteristics. You will be expected to advance the development to a fieldable proof of concept stage and characterise the key technical challenges and controlling parameters of the technologies to determine a realisable performance specification. Working with the company to provide insights from the knowledge base to diverse imaging and illumination issues and resolve emerging challenges from the technologies and systems in use will be an essential part of your contribution.

Salary will be on a fixed spot between £28,936 and £31,604 a year. There is also an additional funding of £2,000 a year available for training and development

The role is primarily based at Nocturna Ltd., Stamford Bridge, York but with occasional work at the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of York.

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