Research Engineer Ref 6547

School/department:   School of Engineering and Informatics - Department of Engineering and Design - Sensor Technology Research Centre
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 3 February 2022 or for 6 months with possibility of extension
Reference:  6547
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  23 August 2021
Closing date:  20 September 2021.   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 Research Engineer to work on an innovative project funded by a large consumer electronics multi-national. The primary aim of the project is to develop a novel near-field capacitive communication channel based on the patented Electric Potential Sensor technology.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a project that may lead to commercialisation of innovative communication links for various smart wearable devices, such as transmitting music from a mobile phone to a pair of headphones.

As part of the role, you will be assisting the researchers in fabricating analogue and digital circuits, programming embedded platforms, setting up experiments, characterising circuits using test equipment and process the collected data. You will also be contributing towards writing scientific papers and monthly reports. You will be working in a core team of two to three researchers within a larger research centre.

Ideal candidates would have experience with the technical aspects of one or more of the following areas:

  • Schematic capture and PCB design (Altium Designer preferred)
  • PCB manufacture and assembly both for SMT and THT devices
  • Programming in C / C++ for embedded systems (ARM / AVR microcontrollers)
  • Simulation of electric fields using e.g. MATLAB or COMSOL
  • Experience in using test equipment such as oscilloscopes, function generators, signal analysers and spectrum analysers
  • Experience in data acquisition using ADCs, USB DAQs and embedded platforms
  • VHDL/Verilog programming for FPGAs
  • Experience of using Python and willingness to develop custom scripts for GNU Radio
  • Controlled experimental setups and data analysis (e.g. MATLAB, OriginPro)

We seek a highly organised and motivated individual with excellent scientific and technical skills. An individual able to multitask and work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining excellent attention to detail and bringing energy and enthusiasm to their work.

Employment will be subject to the right to work in the UK. You will work directly with Prof.Roggen and the postdoctoral researcher Dr Pouryazdan.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 6547 [PDF 194.29KB]

Visa Sponsorship Queries:
This role has been assigned an eligible SOC code and meets the salary requirements for Skilled Worker Sponsorship. Please consult our Skilled Worker Visa information page  for further information about Visa Sponsorship

How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) 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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