Research Fellow

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics
Hours: Full time 
Contract: Fixed term until 31 March 2021
Reference:  2659
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,883 per annum
Placed on: 25 October 2017
Closing date:  23 November 2017.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 07 December 2017
 Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded the Global Health research team at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) a £5.7 million four-year award to establish a global research unit at BSMS. The grant includes support for seven major projects across three often-neglected NTDs: podoconiosis, mycetoma and scabies.

Podoconiosis is a progressive and disabling form of leg swelling often seen in barefoot farmers the condition is mostly ignored by other research groups.

Seven projects will be carried out in collaboration with three overseas partners: CDT-Africa at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and the Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum, Sudan.

The advertised post is a collaboration with the School of Engineering and Informatics and will concentrate on the design and development of a prototype bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy (BIS) system that can be used to monitor the health state of tissue and characterize disease state by measuring impedance changes. This will be used in field trials in Ethiopia. Additionally it is required to design and develop a cell suspension measurement system that will be capable of making impedance measurements of cell suspensions at different frequencies.

The applicant should have a PhD in electronics and electrical engineering with knowledge of its application in biomedical engineering.

Essential skills include: Electronic circuit design and manufacture; use of advanced instruments such as impedance analyzers; experimental experience in making critical measurements and familiarity with noise suppression techniques; knowledge of health and safety regulations when applying electrical signals to humans; software engineering skills.

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