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Belfast, Northern Ireland



Closing Date

2020-02-03 17:00:00


Blockchain Engineer – KTP Associate – Linden Foods

  • Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland, with a distinguished heritage and history. With over 24,000 students, 4,200 staff and an annual turnover of some £300m, Queen’s University Belfast plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast combines excellence in research and education with a student centred ethos.

    Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a UK-wide programme that has been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. Queen’s University Belfast has partnered with businesses through KTP for over 25 years, and in May 2019 was the winner of the National Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution from a KTP Support Team’. Through the KTP programme we wish to recruit a suitably qualified graduate to work in Linden Foods (Dungannon) on a collaborative project with Queen’s over 24 months.

    Linden Foods is an award winning meat manufacturer, located in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. Jointly owned by ABP Food Group we are part of the Linden Food Group. The Group has four strategic locations in Northern Ireland and England. Linden Foods process and manufacture top-quality beef, lamb, pork and chicken for branded and own label products. Linden Foods’ strategy to place it at the forefront of the meat industry. Central to ongoing company growth is a focus on Innovation, Integrity, Quality and Value. In our industry, traceability systems are key. Through this KTP the graduate will work alongside company and academic supervisors to deliver the project aim of developing an industry leading food traceability system by applying blockchain technology within a red meat business to deliver total integrity of our supply chain and production processes.

    Please note, this is a re-advertisement. As such candidates who previously interviewed and were unsuccessful need not re-apply.

    The successful candidate must have:

    • Hold, or be about to obtain in July 2020, at least a 2.1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) or higher degree in Computer Science, Software Development, Software Engineering or a closely related subject
    • Knowledge of cloud computing or blockchain technology
    • Completion of a substantial software development project in either university or industry
    • Demonstrable working experience of at least one of Java, C# or C++

    For full job details and essential/desirable criteria please refer to the candidate information link on our website by clicking apply. Informal enquires may be directed to Karen McGeough, email: or telephone: 028 9097 3970.

    Additional contact person:

    Our five core values (Integrity, Connected, Ambition, Respect, Excellence) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an international organisation.

    Further information about the School can be found at

    Closing date: Monday 3 February 2020

    Salary scale: £25,000 to £31,000. One of the key KTP benefits for graduates is access to a £8,500 training and travel budget over the 24 month project.

    Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 19 February 2020

    The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

    Ref: 20/108069

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