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KTP Research Associate

Computer Science
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
Salary will be fixed at 30,688 a year
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Role Description

Primarily based at Smith & Nephew (S&N) in Hull, you will lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between S&N and the University of York.  You will be employed by The University of York, but you will be based primarily at Smith & Nephew in Hull, with visits to the company’s other sites as required.


Through this KTP, you will lead the transition of S&N processes into a new design and development methodology for medical devices where requirements, risks, and safety cases are captured using structured models (e.g. SysML for requirements, GSN/SACM for safety cases), and are shared with stakeholders using a centralised version control repository. This will allow S&N to streamline activities such as change tracking, to conduct automated model analysis, and to automate manual processes.


The main objectives of the role are to carry out research and select, extend or develop appropriate modelling languages and standards for the different activities (requirements management, risk and safety case analysis) involved the development lifecycle of NPWT devices, and to design and deploy an optimal development lifecycle model for efficient collaborative modelling.


Key responsibilities of the role include understanding existing development processes, becoming familiar with the regulatory environment, evaluating available modelling technologies and collaborative version control systems, developing Domain-Specific Languages that can support the development lifecycle of NPWT devices, and assembling a collaborative modelling environment. You are also expected to design and implement automated model management facilities for the models involved in the lifecycle of NPWT devices (e.g. report generation, impact analysis, traceability management), to apply the methodology in the context of a live NPWT development project and measure its effectiveness, and to deliver training to S&N and development partners' staff.


You will have a post-graduate degree (MSc) in an area relevant to model-based software or systems engineering, and a PhD or significant experience in these areas is desirable. You will also have experience of, and active interests in software and systems engineering with a focus on model-based methodologies and technologies, and a solid understanding of version control systems. Appreciation of principles of safety-critical systems would be beneficial.


Essential skills for this role include the ability to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, the ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research, and competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects and exhibit work in appropriate events. Experience in writing high-quality technical documentation and in writing up research work for publication is desirable.


Informal enquiries may be made to: Professor Dimitris Kolovos (; or Mr Yeswanth Gadde (


The post is available full-time (37 hours per week) on a fixed term contract for a period of 24 months.


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