Research Fellow in Metamaterials Ref 3308

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics, Department of Informatics
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 24 months 
Reference: 3308
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 25 May 2018
Closing date:  1 July 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01 August 2018 or soon after


Job description

We are inviting applications for multiple post-doctoral researchers to join the Interact lab at the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex, to assist in the development of novel interactions using manipulation of electro acoustic waves.

The project is funded by the European Research Council thoughts its Advanced Grant 2018 scheme and lasts for 5 years. The grant aims to fund pioneering frontier research. The project has sufficient resources to allow hardware prototyping and support conference travel.

The broad work plan for this 5 year project is to investigate the development of active metamaterials to manipulate acoustic or optical wavefronts and to further examine their applications to novel human-computer interfaces.

The Interact Lab is at the forefront of this research and has already published several articles on this topic. Some example videos highlighting our research can be seen at

-       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcVxRyvipcU  

And

-       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-wAGqZ_Qcg

Within this project, the Research Fellow will be expected to

  1. Use various techniques (like from machine learning) to control speaker arrays or combinations of speakers and metamaterials to shape a wavefront
  2. Develop and implement working systems based on the sculpting of different electro-acoustic fields.
  3. Identify principles and visualisation techniques that can support users in their interactions with this new technology.


The position will involve a variety of tasks such as the design and construction of metamaterials, creation of working prototypes and publishing these results in scientific venues. The applicant will also be expected to help in the teaching of related units.

The position would be suitable for someone with experience on technical aspects of one or more of the following areas

a)    Design and implementation Metamaterials in acoustics or related areas,

b)    Computational fabrication

c)    Machine learning with interest in its applications to one of the above areas.

Some previous experience with electronics and using maker space tools (e.g. laser cutters, 3D printers) will be essential.

The research fellow will have considerable freedom in shaping the nature of the research project. So we seek a highly organised and motivated individual able to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining excellent attention to detail and bring energy and enthusiasm a vibrant research group. Excellent written and communication skills are also essential.

The Interact Lab is internationally renowned for it research in creating novel interactive devices for enabling new forms of human-computer interaction (HCI). HCI is about applying human abilities to the design of tools, systems, and environments that are safe, effective and comfortable for use.

The lab consists of three permanent members of Staff led by Prof. Subramanian. Alongside these staff members it currently hosts four post-doctoral researchers, 4 PhD students and several visiting researchers. The work of lab members often attracts media attention and offers many public engagement opportunities. One of our successful lines of research is in the field of mid-air haptics and we would draw on our expertise in this topic to propel this area of acoustic levitation.

Employment will be subject to the right to work in the UK. You will work directly with Prof. Sriram Subramanian, with a base in the Department of Informatics. You can find more information about the group at www.interact-lab.com

For informal inquiries please contact Prof. Subramanian, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ, UK; sriram@sussex.ac.uk.

Download the full job description and person specification Ref 3308 [PDF 132.86KB]


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.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to enginfrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk 

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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