Hardware Developer in Sensor Readout Circuits Ref 2470

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics - Department of Engineering and Design - Sensor Technology Research Centre
Hours:Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.55 FTE Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 4 months
Reference: 2470
Salary: starting at £33,797 and rising to £40,322 per annum
Placed on: 9 October 2019
Closing date: 23 October 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: As soon as possible.

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 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 plaster 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 an orthotics company based in the south of the UK, and a healthcare institution from Kenya.

Your role will be to develop and fabricate novel highly deformable sensors for strain, pressure and other modalities on polymer substrates. This will be done in our in-house fabrication facilities. In addition to the sensors themselves, this post also requires the design and fabrication of the polymer substrates. These substrates have to be compatible with thin-film fabrication techniques, and have tailored mechanical properties. Finally the mechanical and electrical properties of the sensors fabricated on the customised substrates have to be characterised.

This project is based at the Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex, and involves the Wearable Technologies Lab (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/strc/research/wearable) and the Flexible Electronics Lab (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/strc/research/flex).

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

Candidates should have a MSc or PhD in mechatronics, robotics or another field combining mechanical and electrical engineering, and a 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 sensors and their unobtrusive integration into epidermal systems and body worn devices.

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. This project is funded by EPSRC, 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 part time position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to broaden their knowledge in the application of customized sensors in wearable electronics to support patients and professionals in the UK and international healthcare sector.

For any further information and informal inquiry contact Dr Niko Münzenrieder: n.s.munzenrieder@sussex.ac.uk

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


More information about the Sensor Technology Research Centre: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/strc/.

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

Download job description and person specification Ref 2470 [PDF 338.52KB]

How to apply

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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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