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KTP Associate – Automotive Design Engineer

Starting salary: up to £28K per annum
Closing Date:   Wednesday 09 January 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 28 January 2019
Reference:  A2509

This position is based in Bentham, nr. Lancaster, United Kingdom (LA2 7LW).

This 2-year post has been created as a result of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Lancaster University’s Department of Engineering and Atkinson Vos Ltd

The novel design of the project, combined with the generous support package and close supervision from both industry and a leading university, make this an exceptional opportunity for you to take a leading role in an innovative project and launch a career in automotive design and engineering. You will be working in a business, following projects through from start to finish, gaining commercial awareness and business skills. On completion of a successful project, there may be opportunities for on-going employment within the company partner.

Atkinson Vos is the world’s leading specialist in Unimogs, the iconic all-terrain vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-BenzEstablished in 1978 in Bentham on the border between Lancashire and Yorkshire, Atkinson Vos has exported custom and specialist Unimogs to almost every country on Earth. The company has a reputation for outstanding service and unparalleled industry expertise for all things Unimog.

Lancaster is a top-10 university in the UK and in the top-125 in the World.  Engineering at Lancaster is internationally recognised as being at the forefront of research and innovation. One of only a handful of general engineering departments in the country, it offers a modern interdisciplinary experience typical of what engineers face in industry. The Department has strong links with industry nationwide and works with a portfolio of hundreds of SMEs in the north-west of England placing it in a prime position to support the associate and company.

You will be employed by Lancaster University, but will be based at Atkinson Vos’s premises in Bentham. You will lead this exciting project which aims to formalise implementation and application of computer aided engineering design tools and structural finite element methods within a specialist automotive supplier. You will work closely with and be supported by academics from the Department of Engineering and the senior management team at Atkinson Vos.

Ideally, you will be qualified to Masters level with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and will be able to demonstrate design experience using Solidworks CAD and finite element software in an industrial context. We are also looking for some familiarity with Matlab. You should be comfortable working both in an academic research environment and in a small business environment, with the ability to understand & interpret customer visions & translate them to a finished design. The required skill set includes good team-working and communication skills, good presentation skills, analytical skills, excellent oral and written English, and a rigorous and professional attitude. A keen interest in vehicles and automotive engineering would be advantageous.  

In addition to a competitive salary, the reward package includes an additional £4,000 personal training and development budget offering excellent opportunities to further your professional development and support your career progression. You will be encouraged to present papers at national and international conferences and, when applicable, publish your research in journal articles and work towards a postgraduate qualification. 

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Informal enquires should be directed to:  
Dr Stephen Quayle (Lancaster University) Tel: +44 (0)1524 593095 / Email:

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