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Knowledge Transfer Associate in Radiation Detection

Astronomy Group

Location:  Other
Salary:   £31,000 to £33,000 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Thursday 11 August 2016
Interview Date:   Wednesday 05 October 2016
Reference:  757116WF

The Role

The goal of the project is to transfer and embed a design capability for a coded-aperture imaging system for an innovative new gamma-camera system with high-spatial resolution, which will have advanced 3-D imaging capability for the field of Nuclear Medicine.

A successful applicant will find themselves working as a technical interface between the University of Southampton and Symetrica Security, as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate.  It will be their role to transfer academic knowledge and expertise into real product development.

This role presents the opportunity to work with world-leading experts in the field of radiation detection, in both academia and the private sector.  The Associate will be employed by the University and will be on secondment to Symetrica, a growing company of 40 individuals, of which half hold PhDs.  The Associate will work as a member of the five-person detector R&D team, and will also work with the Software and Algorithm teams as required.

The post will be tied to the KTP itself and has a fixed term of two years.

From a technical perspective, this post focusses on the development of a range of gamma-ray cameras using the coded-aperture technique.  Two sets of cameras as envisaged: one for stand-off imaging of high-activity sources, for instance following an event (e.g. RDD “dirty bomb”, civil nuclear accident) or for homeland security purposes (mobile system, or UAV-mounted); the other for medical applications such as SPECT, to image radiation within the human body.  In the latter case, the project is cutting-edge and seeks to achieve three-dimensional images by exploiting the near-field behaviour of coded-aperture cameras.

Duties will include:

  • Transfer of knowledge and expertise from the University
  • Application of that expertise in a fast-paced research programme to develop real products.  This will involve simulation work, designing equipment and taking measurements, and rigourous data analysis
  • Management of the above project (see below for training opportunities)
  • Involvement in business development: market research, sales activity and sales team support.
  • This post also has the following training opportunities:
  • Face-to-face training in coded-aperture imaging, both far-field and near, at the University of Southampton
  • Project management training from accredited bodies, counting as points towards a formal management qualification with the opportunity to complete one once the project is complete
  • Other training (eg software, electronics) depending on the needs of the Associate

The Candidate

Ideally, the applicant will have experience in a postgraduate research environment, and will have ideally obtained a PhD in Physics or a related and relevant subject. In view of the level of research maturity required, some experience of postdoctoral research would be advantageous.

  • Experience in and knowledge of radiation physics is essential.
  • Experience of programming complex software and mathematical algorithms is essential.
  • Experience of programming within a team environment, and of shared software development would be advantageous.
  • Experience working with the technologies of interest will be extremely useful, specifically coded-aperture cameras, silicon photomultipliers and radiation detectors in general.
  • Some knowledge of Monte Carlo techniques for simulation of radiation transport would be advantageous.
  • Knowledge of image reconstruction, post-processing and visualisation would be advantageous.

Communication: Able to work effectively in a team and organise time, tasks and responsibilities with other team members. Ability to clearly document and communicate results at a company level and to prospective customers. A self-starter, able to plan and justify focus on extensive research that will lead to long-term commercial benefit.

Teamwork: Confidence and ability to embed in a technical team, engage with external suppliers and customers, and to transfer ideas and information between the knowledge base and company. A high level of maturity and effective project management will be preferable.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

KTP supports partnerships between business and Universities or research organisations, placing graduates (KTP Associates), to work on challenging, high profile projects.

  •  Accelerate your career
  •  Gain valuable experience and marketable, highly transferable skills
  •  Earn a competitive salary
  •  Receive practical and formal management training and development
  •  Opportunity for a professional qualification
  •  Enjoy an excellent chance of a permanent post with the company

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships provide employment and personal development opportunities for over 1000 graduates throughout the UK.

Find out how Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can offer you a slice of the action by visiting:

The University Partner:

Employed by the University of Southampton on a twoyear fixed term contract, but working full-time at Symetrica Ltd. you will work under the supervision of experts from the University of Southampton’s Physics and Astronomy department in the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Antony Bird at the University of Southampton (

Symetrica Ltd, Global Leadership in Radiation, Detection and Identification

Symetrica is a global leader in radiation detection and identification, providing real world solutions for real world challenges. The range of detectors, from handheld devices to mobile solutions and portal monitors, serve customs and border protection, law enforcement and military, emergency services and first responders. Users benefit from the most operationally effective multi-layered radiation detection and identification systems.

Symetrica’s unique Discovery Technology® architecture and range of He3 free neutron detectors set new performance boundaries with best in class accuracy, low lifecycle costs, continuous stabilisation and calibration providing real time health monitoring and eliminating scheduled maintenance. Discovery Technology® is employed across Symetrica’s product range, in the Smiths Detection RadSeeker™, and in a range of other OEM’s products.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 757116WF on all correspondence.

Interviews to take place at Symetrica Ltd, North Baddesley.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Physics and Astronomy

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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