About The Opportunity

The post is full time and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis of up to 24 months in duration.

Detailed Description

This KTP position is provided by Heriot Watt University and PJ Carey Ltd as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership. You will be working on a KTP project titled “Dashboard for Effective and Efficient Construction Decisions” and joining a team of Heriot Watt researchers in the field of computer science, construction project management, and industrial practitioners from PJ Carey Ltd. The overall project has two KTP Associates, employed for 24 months each – this post is concerned with the second KTP research associate in the area of Software Engineering.

The aim of this project is to develop a bespoke, real time data information portal and dashboard for effective and efficient construction decisions. This involves effective, market-leading processes which produce live data for commercial reporting, health & safety, quality, project status and productivity, and reduced company exposure to risk. The vision is to have a bespoke, cloud based, digital information management system for every construction project which tracks quality, health and safety, engineering, commercial, planning and project processes – turning paper based systems into an app based portal. Data will be collected, integrated with reports for all levels of the business, and produced in real time. This will lead to an intuitive user centered system which will collect and push the correct level and detail of information to the right people at the right time.  

The successful candidate will develop and hone their problem solving skills and be provided with the opportunity to apply their expert software engineering skills to live data with real issues. The successful candidate should possess multifaceted problem solving skills.

The candidate should have a strong background in and research interest in big data analytics, data mining, machine learning, business intelligence and analytics, mobile applications and services, and user centered design.

Applicants should have a strong academic record, be research-oriented and also committed to creating an effective bridge between the department of Computer Science and Careys.  

The post holder will be based in PJ Carey Construction Ltd offices (Livingston and Glasgow) but will be working closely with the academic team at Heriot Watt University. This project involves travel between various PJ Carey construction sites and Careys Head Office in London, and regular project meeting attendance at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. It will also include national and international travel to key research conferences.

Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the following:

  • Carry out research work under supervision;
  • Carry out programming work at PJ Carey Ltd and Heriot-Watt University
  • Carry out development and design work at PJ Carey Ltd office
  • Carry out site work to test prototypes at various stages  across the UK;
  • Produce reports for PJ Carey Ltd and publications for academic dissemination;
  • Present research outputs at conferences, meetings, events, and provide input to project reports.

The post holder will have a PhD, Masters (MSc) of good level (e.g. First) Honours Degree in a Software Engineering or closely related discipline. Some experience of working with a software engineering company or on a funded research project would be beneficial. The project involves a high amount of communication with internal staff both in the office environment and on construction sites. A clear ability to confidently communicate information at a range of technical levels is critical, while an ability to assimilate large amounts of data and present this in visual and written report form, or to present to a variety of audiences is important.


  • A PhD, Masters or good Honours (e.g. 1st) degree in Software Engineering or closely related subject.

Key technical skills (candidates will ideally display several of the following attributes):

  • Experience of some of the following: big data analytics, data mining, machine learning, business intelligence and analytics.
  • Excellent programming skills in some of the following: C++, Python, Java, Matlab, SQL, C or C#
  • Experience of algorithm development, ideally within a research context.
  • Knowledge of good software engineering principles.
  • Excellent design and programming skills in mobile application development and design.
  • User centered design skills including prototyping, piloting and testing.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong project management and communication skills (verbal, written and presentation).


  • Industry experience on projects.
  • A developing track record of publishing research findings.
  • Good team player with good interpersonal skills.
  • Tenacity and confidence in engaging stakeholders in data collection.
  • Highly motivated to initiate, plan and pursue research and aspire to excellence in all professional activities.
  • Adaptability, willingness to learn new fields and develop new skill sets.

This project is focused on solving an industry challenge by carrying out research under the supervision of academic supervisors.

The post is full time and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis of up to 24 months in duration.

Regular travel to Heriot Watt, Edinburgh Campus and Careys Head Office in London. International and national travel may be required from time to time.

Skype interview can be offered for candidates outside UK. You will be required to bring examples of previous work (e.g. Hons/Master/PhD project) if selected for interview, and conduct a short 7 minute-long presentation.

About Us

The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences  

The school comprises of three Departments; Mathematics, Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, and Computer Science, with an academic staff of 122, and over 1500 students studying at undergraduate, postgraduate taught, and postgraduate research levels across our Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia campuses. 

We are proud of our international reputation for research and of the teaching programmes we offer, and of our links with a variety of professional and industrial partners.  The School is a key partner in the Edinburgh Robotics Centre, at the forefront of research in robotics worldwide; and is an integral part of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, one of largest and most successful mathematical research institutes in the UK.


The School is internationally renowned for the quality of our research, our outstanding research achievements, and our forward-thinking initiatives.

We undertake ground breaking research that develops new futures for both Mathematics and Computer Science and our expertise and ideas are regularly applied to benefit industry and society.

We continued to demonstrate the outstanding quality and impact of our research in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) assessment of research quality in the UK. Computer Science was ranked equal 1st in the UK for its world-leading and internationally excellent research environment and also for the impact of its research. The proportion of Computer Science research that is world-leading and internationally excellent has risen by 18% in the past 6 years and Computer Science is now ranked 3rd in Scotland according to the power measure.

How To Apply

For an informal discussion of the role, please contact at Heriot-Watt University: Professor Lynne Baillie at Heriot Watt University (l.baillie@hw.ac.uk) or Professor David Corne (d.w.corne@hw.ac.uk ). To speak to Careys then contact: Derek O’Neil at PJ Carey Ltd (derek.oneil@careysplc.co.uk).

Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae (detailing qualifications, work experience, projects worked on), a publications list, copies of the most significant recent publications, and an outline of current and future ambitions.

This form is for enquiries which you can use to request a member of the team contact you to discuss your enquiry in further detail.

We will only use your information to respond to your message and we will not share your information with any third parties. If you consent to us collecting and storing your data from this form please tick the checkbox below. You can withdraw your consent at any time. To see our full privacy policy click here.

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Privacy Notice for Job Applicants

As part of any recruitment process, the Carey Group, as a ‘data controller’ collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The Carey Group is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

It is important that you read and retain this notice, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information and what your rights are under the GDPR.

What information does the Carey Group collect?

The Carey Group collects, processes and stores the following categories of information about you. This includes:

  • your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number, date of birth and gender 
  • Recruitment selection or development surveys/questionnaires, CV and references.
  • Driving licence details and where applicable, penalty points and/or disqualifications.
  • the terms and conditions of your employment; 
  • details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history, including start and end dates, with previous employers and with the Carey Group; 
  • information about your remuneration, including entitlement to benefits such as pensions or insurance cover and other flexible benefits as appropriate;
  • information about your nationality and entitlement to work in the UK;
  • information about medical or health conditions, including whether or not you have a disability for which the Carey Group needs to make reasonable adjustments; 
  • trade union membership; 

The Carey Group may collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment, including online tests/ assessments/surveys.

The Carey Group may also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies, references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers and information from criminal records checks. The Carey Group will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so.

Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including the Carey Group’s email system). 

Why does the Carey Group process personal data?

The Carey Group needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. It may also need to process your data to enter into a contract with you.

In some cases, the Carey Group needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.

The Carey Group has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows the Carey Group to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. We may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.

The Carey Group may process special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion or belief, to monitor recruitment statistics. It may also collect information about whether or not applicants are disabled to make reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability. The Carey Group processes such information to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.

For some roles, we are obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where we seek this information, it does so because it is necessary for us to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.

If your application is unsuccessful, the Carey Group may keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited. The Carey Group will ask for your consent before it keeps your data for this purpose and you are free to withdraw your consent at any time.

Who has access to data?

Your information may be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the HR and recruitment team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.

The Carey Group will not share your data with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment. We will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you, employment background check providers to obtain necessary background checks and the Disclosure and Barring Service to obtain necessary criminal records checks where required.

All third-party service providers and other entities in the Group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies.  We will not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes.  We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

The Carey Group will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.

How does the Carey Group protect data?

The Carey Group takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties.

In addition, we will limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know.  Where the Carey Group engages third parties to process personal data on its behalf, they do so based on written instructions, are under a duty of confidentiality and are obliged to implement appropriate technical and  Group measures to ensure the security of data.  Details of these measures can be found in our GDPR Policy.

For how long does the Carey Group keep data?

If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the Carey Group will hold your data on file for 6 months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. If you agree to allow the Carey Group to keep your personal data on file, the Carey Groups will hold your data on file for a further 12 months for consideration for future employment opportunities. At the end of that period or once you withdraw your consent, your data is deleted or destroyed.

If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment. Details regarding the periods for which your data will then be held will be provided to you in a new privacy notice.

Your rights

As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:

  • access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
  • require the Carey Group to change incorrect or incomplete data;
  • require the Carey Group to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing; 
  • object to the processing of your data where the Carey Group is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing;
  • request that the Carey Group suspend processes of your data for example, if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it; or
  • request that we transfer your personal information to another party.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact HR.department@careysplc.co.uk.

If you believe that the Carey Group has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.

What if you do not provide personal data?

You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to the Carey Group during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, the Carey Group may not be able to process your application properly or at all.

Automated decision-making

Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention, and this type of processing is only permissible in specified circumstances. 

Recruitment processes at the Carey Group are not based solely on automated decision-making.

If you have any questions at all about this privacy notice, please contact HR.department@careysplc.co.uk.

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