Research Fellow in Sensor Technology

University of Sussex School of Engineering and Informatics

Research Fellow in Sensor Technology 

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics - Department of Engineering and Design - Sensor Technology Research Centre

Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).

Contract: fixed term until 31 October 2021

Reference: 5217

Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time.

Placed on: 18 December 2020

Closing date:  20 January 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.

Expected interview date: First week in February 2021

Expected start date: 01 March 2021

Job description 

The Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex is looking for a part time hardware developer to work with Dr Niko Münzenrieder and Dr Daniel Roggen on the research-intensive project "Shape sensing textile for orthotics - SmartSensOtics". 

This project aims to develop a textile sleeve with an integrated array of stretchable sensors. The goal is to quantify the shape and the pressure applied to body parts covered with the textile sleeve, and hence to offer a digital alternative to traditional plaster cast molds. 

Your role will be to develop and fabricate highly deformable electronic strain sensors using thin-film technology and various elastomers. This will be done in our in-house fabrication facilities. In addition to the realization of single sensors devices, sensor arrays should be fabricated and integrated into textiles. Finally, the mechanical and electrical properties of the devices and circuits have to be characterized using appropriate conditioning methods. 

This project is based at the Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex. 

Key Requirements. This post is well suited to a highly motivated individual with excellent technical skills, significant experience in the design, fabrication, characterization, and application of flexible sensor devices, as well as a willingness to operate in a dynamic research environment within an international team. 

Candidates should have a PhD (or will shortly be assessed for a PhD) in mechatronics, physics, electronics engineering or an equivalent field combining, and a very strong background in sensors, thin-film technology, cleanroom processing, 3D printing, and ideally Smart textiles. 

An established expertise in the application of research outcomes in the healthcare sector is desirable. The candidate should have a strong interest in the development and fabrication of novel electronics and their unobtrusive integration into epidermal systems and body worn devices. If the situation allows, the activities will also include at least one trip to our collaborators in Kenya. 

Background. The Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex works on the interface between electrical engineering, computer science, and physics to develop advanced and innovative sensor systems for applications in sports, healthcare, or wearable electronics. 

Advantages and career development. This part time position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to broaden his/her knowledge in the application of sesnors in wearable and flexible electronics to support patients and professionals in the healthcare sector. 

Please contact Niko Münzenrieder (n.s.munzenrieder@sussex.ac.uk) for informal enquiries. 

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download the full job description and person specification Ref: 5217 [PDF 203.25KB]

How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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