Associate Consulting Engineer

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology (Chatham)
University of Greenwich
Central Avenue

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The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology in the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich requires a capable and enthusiastic addition to the team of Engineers to support Enterprise, Research and Development work in the specialist field of bulk solids handling. The successful applicant will augment a world renowned team of engineers providing research and consulting services to various industry sectors.

Activities will include laboratory and analytical work relating to design and troubleshooting of industrial solids handling systems. Engagement with various research focussed projects will also be required.

To be considered for the higher grading of AC2 the successful applicant will also be required to interface with commercial clients, lead projects, interpret data into design recommendations and participate in outreach activities.

A PhD qualification in some aspect of mechanical or chemical engineering is essential, together with familiarity of general engineering principles applied in industry. A track-record of hands-on skills in laboratory and/or practical engineering work are also essential. The candidate will need to have well developed communication skills, both written and oral, and to be prepared to occasionally represent The Wolfson Centre to industry clients in a way that will impress.

Hours of work will be full time but with flexibility to make early starts and/or late finishes when travel or workload requires. This post is temporary for one year with the possibility to extend subject to available funding.

Salary Scale:
The job grade will be assessed according to experience and expertise. Where experience is lacking, the opportunity to develop into these areas will be provided.

(AC1) £26,052 - £31,076 per annum
(AC2) £32,004 – 37,075 per annum

Closing date for application: 23 Feb 2017

Please follow the University application process at

Interview date: 6 March 2016




Job Title:

Associate Consultant Engineer


AC1 to AC2 depending upon experience and expertise


Faculty of Engineering & Science

Date of Job Evaluation:


Role reports to:

Director, The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology

Direct Reports


Indirect Reports:


Other Key contacts:

Chief Consulting Engineer

Consulting Engineers

Dean of the School of Engineering, Head of Department

This role profile is non-contractual and provided for guidance. It will be updated and amended from time to time in accordance with the changing needs of the University and the requirements of the job.



PURPOSE OF ROLE: To work within a team of four professional engineers, providing commercial enterprise services to industry utilising the expertise base of The Wolfson Centre.


Customers of the Centre include most of the major companies in the chemical, food, power and construction product sectors.  Services are provided through projects which run from one-day visits to several man-months of test and design work, together with undertaking some aspects of research activities and contributing to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Engineering.






 Laboratory test work involving measurement of bulk solid properties for system design purposes.


The following duties will be assessed according to experience and expertise and a job grade issued accordingly. Where experience is lacking, the opportunity to develop into these areas will be provided with a potential end result of a regrade as appropriate.


1.  To engage in enterprise activity:

  • Analysis of bulk handling systems and components for troubleshooting
  • Conceptual design of bulk handling systems and equipment including hoppers and silos, pneumatic conveyors, control systems and other items, both for new installations and modifications to existing plant
  • Writing of proposals for possible new projects, and reports on existing projects, will form a significant part of the work
  • Some first-contact sales work including writing of publicity articles, representing the Wolfson centre at trade shows and taking enquiries from clients
  • Liaison with clients will include visits to their premises to view plant and participate in meetings, telephone contact to report progress and discuss technical issues, and any other forms of contact as may be required from day to day.  It may be necessary at times to travel in the UK or abroad for periods of up to one week.
  • Additional duties will be added as they are required in the course if the centre providing a developing range of enterprise activities to industry.

2.  To liaise with clients and research consortia as required

3. To engage in research activity :

  • The engineer will be expected to work with specialists in many technical fields at the Centre, to utilise their expertise as well as his own.  Literature research must be undertaken occasionally, to assess the current state of technology in less commonly used technical areas.
  • Supervise student projects at both undergraduate level
  • Participation in the production of research publications



Generic: These duties will be assessed according to expertise and experience and a job grade issued accordingly. Where experience is lacking, the opportunity to develop into these areas will be provided.


  • provide effective communication of complex ideas in a range of academic and commercial  situations
  • support team members in research, teaching and learning situations
  • assist in developing bids for research and consultancy activities


Managing Self:


Training (both formal and on the job) in relevant technical areas will be given where appropriate.  The engineer will be expected to take responsibility for self-education and keeping up to date in appropriate technical areas. 


The engineer will be expected to shadow existing consulting engineers at the Centre for an extended period whilst developing their technical and business expertise, following which they will be expected to take an increasing responsibility in running projects.


It is possible that following several years of experience in this general role, there may be an opportunity to pursue a personal research theme within the context of bulk solids handling technology.


Core Requirements


  • Adhere to and promote the University’s Equality and Diversity policies
  • Ensure compliance with Health & Safety regulations
  • Support and promote the University’s Sustainability policies, including the Carbon Management Plan, and carry out duties in a resource efficient way, recognising the shared responsibility of minimising the university's negative environmental impacts wherever possible
  • Commitment to self and colleague development.







Delivery of departmental KPIs against the University’s strategic plan.

Delivery of teaching and learning against university strategic plan KPIs.

Delivery of research output in line with University strategic plan KPIs.



KEY RELATIONSHIPS (Internal & External):


Work in an integrated way on research and enterprise projects, with other Wolfson staff members, external (industry and academic) project members, customers and research collaborators

Collaborate with technician staff and subcontractors in getting equipment procured, delivered, commissioned and developed.

Work with our key stakeholders to develop relationships with international industry, our feeder schools and the wider community.







AC1 Grade requires the following criteria as




Working knowledge of powder technology

Experience of using digital instrumentation on solids handling systems


Personal Attributes

Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment

Ability to work with minimum supervision

Ability to manage own workload

Willingness to travel




Good hand skills for laboratory work and basic workshop practice. 

Familiarity with instrumentation and data logging equipment including data logging and analysis software such as Labview, Matlab or similar

Thoroughly familiar with MS Office including Excel, Word etc.

Sound presentational skills

Sound technical writing skills




PhD in relevant engineering subject or equivalent experience


For AC2 grade the following criteria are also essential:




Specialist knowledge and expertise in bulk solids handling and powder technology


Specialist skills in relevant laboratory work including design of experiments, interpretation and presentation of data


Ability to communicate technical work at high level


Experience of project work for both research and consultancy



AC1 Grade requires the following criteria as




Project work with industrial customers

Work in an industrial environment




Full (clean) driving licence

Fluency in a foreign language




Membership of an appropriate professional body



For AC2 grade the following criteria are also desirable:




Research or industrial experience in bulk materials handling


Experience of writing bids and obtaining funds from industry, research councils etc.


Experience of teaching and supervision in a higher education environment