Hardware Developer in Sensor Readout Circuits Ref 0692

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics - Department of Engineering and Design - Sensor Technology Research Centre
HoursPart time (0.2 FTE)
Contract: Fixed term for 23 months
Reference: 0692
Salary: Starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 5 February 2019
Closing date: 18 February 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 1 March 2019.

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 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 analog circuits and systems to condition novel highly stretchable strain and pressure sensors on polymer substrates. This will be done our in house fabrication facilities.

Additionally, the sensor data has to be processed and stored on a wearable micro-computer. This requires A/D conversion and microprocessor programming. Data collection and processing will be done in collaboration with postdoctoral researchers.

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

This project is based at the growing 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 analog electronic circuits, as well as a willingness to operate in a dynamic research environment within an international team.

Candidates should have a MSc or PhD (or will shortly be assessed for a PhD) in Electrical Engineering, and a strong background in analog circuit design, PCB fabrication, low frequency and RF characterisation, sensors as well as sensor readout circuits, and ideally Smart textiles.

An established expertise in the application of research outcomes in the healthcare sector is desirable. This potentially includes multiple trips to Kenya throughout the project duration.

The candidate should have a strong interest in the development and fabrication of novel sensor devices and their unobtrusive integration into fabrics.

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 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 part time position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to broaden his/her knowledge in the application of analog circuits 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/.

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How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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

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

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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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