Research Fellow in Flexible Electronics, Sensors and Smart Textiles ref 2993

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics - Department of Engineering and Desing - Sensor Technology Research Centre
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 24 months
Reference:  2993
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 20 February 2018
Closing date:  10 April 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: As soon as possible, to be discussed.

Job description

The Flexible Electronics Laboratory at the University of Sussex is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Dr Niko Münzenrieder on the research-intensive project "Shape sensing textile for orthotics - SmartSensOtics".

This 3 year 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 plater cast moulds. The developed textile will be used by our industrial and healthcare partners to improve the process of manufacturing orthotics in the UK and low income countries. This project is in collaboration with a orthotics company based in the south of UK, a healthcare institution form Kenya, and a major European research institute.

Your role will be to develop and fabricated novel highly stretchable strain and pressure sensors on polymer substrates, and to use flexible thin-film transistors to create a sensor matrix inside a commercial textile fabric. This will be done inside our recently refurbished class 100 cleanroom and in collaboration with international partners. Data collection and processing will be done in collaboration with a second full time postdoctoral researcher.

Additionally, you will support the proof of concept and evaluation of the system with our local partner in Kenya, to optimize the textile for its application in a low income country.

This project is based at the growing Flexible Electronics Group within the Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex. This project gives the opportunity to collaborate with multiple international partners from industry and research which offers the possibility to gather industrial experience as part of the project and regular meetings. It also gives possibility to patent and commercialize some of the research outcomes. Finally, project meetings, field trips to Africa, and presentations at scientific conferences will involve numerous international travels.

Key Requirements. This post is well suited to a highly motivated individual with excellent technical skills and with 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 Electrical Engineering, Physics or a related field with experience in standard microfabrication techniques, and a strong background in (one or more of) Thin-film technology, Flexible electronics, Strain or pressure sensors, Field effect transistors, Oxide semiconductors, and ideally Smart textiles.

An established expertise in the application of research outcomes in the healthcare sector and developing countries is desirable. This includes multiple mandatory trips to Kenya throughout the project duration. The candidate should have a strong interest in the development and fabrication of novel flexible sensor devices and their unobtrusive integration into fabrics.

Background. The Flexible Electronics Laboratory of Dr. Niko Münzenrieder at the University of Sussex works on the interface between physics, electrical engineering and material science to develop flexible electronic systems and integrates soft unobtrusive sensors with synthetic and biological tissues for applications in sports, healthcare, or wearable electronics. This project is funded by EPRC, GCRF, and the National Institute for Health Research, as well as supported by local and international partners from the healthcare and research sector.

Advantages and career development. This position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to broaden his/her knowledge in device engineering and wearable electronics to support patients and professionals in the UK and international healthcare sector. Additionally a follow up contact until the end of the project can be negotiated.

The project is suitable for high impact publications, involves national and international partners, and also includes work on a potential commercialization of the developments with the Sussex Innovation Centre. This will allow the candidate to gain international visibility. Furthermore, the project gives a chance to collaborate with a lading UK orthotics company.

The candidate will be supported in applying for grants to support his/her further career development.

For any further information and informal inquiry contact Dr Niko Münzenrieder:

More details about the nature of the work can be inferred from past publications.

More information about the Flexible Electronics Laboratory.

Applications should be accompanied by a full CV and a statement of how you envisage your role. 

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 2993) (PDF 237.89KB)

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