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High-speed Embedded Vision Systems for Search and Rescue (KTP Associate)

Electronic Engineering
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Nocturna Ltd, Stamford Bridge, York
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31,000 a year (fixed for 24 months)
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We seek a candidate to work on research and development of embedded systems for a high-speed imaging product. You will be the Associate for 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. Nocturna specialise in innovative and cutting-edge infrared night vision equipment.

The aim of the project is to develop a new technology to be built into a handheld electronic device for search and rescue use. The technology involves high-speed imaging and selective filtering with controlled target illumination. The research focus of this post is on system architecture of adaptive vision systems and design optimisation of control circuits. Engineering challenges will be system design as well as development of an intuitive human-device-interface.

We are looking for a candidate who has agency and vision to direct the project and who will be empowered to directly control the final outcomes of this open-ended development. You will conduct research into available technologies in the camera and illumination fields with the aim of selecting suitable candidate assemblies to develop a proof of concept platform. You will set the direction of the research and development into the capability of existing components and modules, proposals of integrated imaging systems and investigations using prototype systems to determine technical and commercial viability, while also contributing ideas and energy to the project in addition to taking responsibility to deliver key elements at key times.

In return, the role of a KTP associate will provide you with a stepping stone onto an industry-focused research and engineering career path. You are expected to coordinate information from the University and Nocturna to inform the technical and commercial aspects of the proposed development. You will have the opportunity to expand your portfolio as you are working across the whole stack of conception, design, implementation, verification and productization. In addition, the KTP project will provide you with a budget for training and personal development, as well as access to UK-wide knowledge-transfer networking events.

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 (

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