Project Engineer Database Developer

University of Warwick, Coventry
£30,942 - £40,322 per annum
Sep 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Vacancy OverviewFixed Term Contract until February 2021, 36.5 hours per week.

WMG is a vibrant, cutting-edge research institution at the University of Warwick. We are currently leading the UK Central CAV Testbed project under the Midlands Future Mobility Brand ( , which has received a significant grant to develop an urban test environment based on 80 kilometres of roads in Coventry and Birmingham. This is creating a world-leading connected infrastructure and eco-system, developing the next generation connected and autonomous (CAV) vehicles, and positioning the Midlands as a centre for cutting-edge automotive and communication technologies.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Project Engineer to join the team as a Database Developer, to design, develop and implement a database system, to include creating new programs and analysing existing databases. You will work in collaboration with industry and academic partners, and will be responsible for project delivery and providing regular updates to the Midlands Future Mobility project partners and WMG Intelligent Vehicles' leadership team.

You will need to have a strong knowledge and experience in SQL, Java and VisualBasic. Training in specific database systems including SAP, PeopleSoft and Oracle will be an added advantage. You will also need to possess strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills, with the ability to be flexible, and have well-developed communication and collaboration skills, to be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate strong leadership and to have the opportunity to develop your own professional network through interaction with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers & engineers, as well as industrial partners, during the life of the project.

In return we will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities. Appropriate training arrangements will also be made for the successful applicant (where applicable).
If you require any further information regarding this role, please contact Siddartha Khastgir ( )

At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interview Date: w/c 7 October 2019.Job DescriptionJOB PURPOSE:

You will be employed to work on the Midlands Future Mobility project in collaboration with industry and academic partners. You will assist the Principal Investigator and Project Collaborators in the successful execution of the project. You will be responsible for designing, testing, maintaining and documenting a new database for Midlands Future Mobility.


To design, develop and implement a database system for Midlands Future Mobility. This includes applying technical design and development skills to the creation of database programs and analysing existing databases.

To optimise database systems for performance efficiency.

To ensure data quality and integrity in the database.

To ensure ease of use of database by third-parties and/or collaborators.

Create functions, scripts, toolchain for automated processing (access, extraction) of the data from the basis.

Develop security procedures to protect the database from unauthorised usage.

To back up data on a regular basis.
To provide specialist technical recommendations within the project.

To liaise with multiple project partners to gather data and share results

To share information with colleagues and produce recommendations.

To manage research aspects of the project including contributing to academic publications, technical reports and other presentations and dissemination methods

To assist with the development and delivery of teaching and training materials to disseminate the research findings in a format that will encourage successful implementation.

To identify, operate and install suitable equipment to support the project objectives.

To record and track the delivery of deliverables during research & identify routes for achievement of targets.
Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1 A good honours degree in a relevant subject (a) Essential Criteria 2 A willingness to carry out experimental work (a,c) Essential Criteria 3 A good understanding and experience of technical design of database programs (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 4 A good understanding and experience of • Industry standards (and best practices) in database design and data schema and formats (e.g. JSON) (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 5 A good understanding and experience of security design in database access (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 6 Proficient in SQL (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 7 Good programming skills (e.g. C++, Java, Visual Basic, Python etc.) (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 8 Experience of industrial R&D and first implementation in 'real world' environment (a,c) Essential Criteria 9 Good documentation skills (a,c) Essential Criteria 10 Project planning and reporting skills (a,c) Essential Criteria 11 Experience of making recommendations for process improvements ( Essential Criteria 12 Ability to deliver rapid, commercially focused results, with well honed-problem solving skills (a,c) Essential Criteria 13 Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 14 Good interpersonal skills, with a flexible approach to working (a,c,d) Essential Criteria 15 Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes (a,c) Desirable Criteria 1 A doctorate level qualification in a relevant research area (a,c) Desirable Criteria 2 A significant level of relevant product development experience in an industrial context (a,c,d) Desirable Criteria 3 Some experience in development and delivery of training material (a,c) Desirable Criteria 4 Training in specific database systems including SAP, PeopleSoft and Oracle (a,c)Further ParticularsFor further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .

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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.
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Closing Date6 Oct 2019