Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate

Employer: University of Chichester
Job location
Arundel and Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Job salary
Salary range: £40,501 to £44,242 per annum (plus 4k training/development)
Job term
24 month fixed-term contract
Job closing date

The Department of Engineering, Computing and Design (ECAD) at the University of Chichester, in partnership with Fargro Limited, is seeking to appoint a highly motivated Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate to build the next generation of Digital Horticulture with a focus on Data Analytics, Machine Learning, AI and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). To find out more about Fargro, visit:

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme and is funded by Innovate UK.

The Associate will be based at Fargro’s headquarters near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PY, with time also spent in the University Department, based in the recently opened Tech Park, on our beautiful Bognor Regis Campus, PO21 1HR.

The project aims to develop and implement the next generation of Digital Horticulture to assist growers in optimising inputs and maximising outputs, delivering significant measurable, commercial, and environmental advantages to producing fresh produce and ornamental plants. The project requires an innovative approach to utilising data analytics, machine learning and AI techniques using data collected from remote sensors (no prior knowledge of such sensors is required).

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of a Master’s degree level (preferably PhD) in Computer Science, Data Analytics or relevant discipline. You will demonstrate exceptional research skills be accomplished in the application of Data Analytics, AI, and Machine Learning techniques, and be able to demonstrate knowledge of, or practical experience, in the design and development of cloud-based systems.

We are seeking someone who is energetic and enthusiastic and can demonstrate high emotional intelligence. You will have excellent written, verbal and non-verbal communication which will support your ability to interact with a range of stakeholders ensuring engagement and successful negotiation where necessary. You will be optimistic and positive with a proven track record in problem-solving.

You will need to be self-directed and self-motivated, with the ability to project manage with guidance; as well being a team player.

The position offers the Associate the following benefits:

•           an exciting opportunity to join a project which will drive significant environmental benefits in horticultural fresh produce and ornamental plant production

•           a challenging and rewarding job with responsibility

•           a planned programme of training courses, including a personal development budget

•           mentoring from experienced industrial and academic supervisors

•           the support and resources of the University of Chichester

•           the possibility of registering for a higher degree with the University

           the potential for good career development within Fargro at the end of the project

•           developing and proving expertise in the prospering fields of Data Analytics, AI and IoT

Please note, that relocation to within a reasonable commuting distance of Fargro’s premises, near Arundel in West Sussex, would be required for this role. Own transport is essential. The role will also involve occasional travel for field work at growers’ sites.

Hours of work: 40hrs per week, plus 1 hr unpaid lunch break, between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by: Dr Mohammad Ali Javaheri Javid:

The University is one of the top 25 Universities in the country (Guardian 2022) and embraces all forms of diversity and aspires to be a fully inclusive and representative employer and so we encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people.

           Closing Date:            21 August 2022 (midnight)

           Interview Date:          TBC

For full details of the post and to apply, please visit our website where you can view the current vacancy and complete an application form.