Research Fellow in Electronic Textiles Ref: 5215

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics - Department of Engineering and Design - Sensor Technology Research Centre
Hours: part time considered up to a maximum of 0.2 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 31 October 2021
Reference5215
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 18 December 2020
Closing date:  20 January 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: First week in February 2021
Expected start date: 01 March 2021


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 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 molds. 

Your role will be to develop novel highly deformable electronic devices based on thin-film technology, and to integrate them into textiles. This will be done in our in-house fabrication facilities. Additionally, the mechanical and electrical properties of the devices and systems have to be characterized. 

This project is based at the Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex. 

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

Candidates should have a PhD in mechatronics, physics, electronics engineering or an equivalent field combining, and a very strong background in Smart textiles, and ideally: flexible sensors, thin-film transistors, thin-film technology, cleanroom processing, and 3D printing. 

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 electronics 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. 

Advantages and career development. This part time position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to broaden his/her knowledge in the application of thin-films in wearable and flexible electronics to support patients and professionals in the healthcare sector. 

Please contact Niko Münzenrieder (n.s.munzenrieder@sussex.ac.uk) for informal enquiries. 

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.

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Please note that the University of Sussex is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position, and thus any applicant should ensure that they have the legal right to work in the UK for the period of the post. The University of Sussex requires all successful applicants to provide proof of permission to work in the UK before they commence work. Should you therefore require further information, please visit the Home Office website.


How to apply

Download our academic application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunties form [DOC 108.50KB] 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 in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs 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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