Research Fellow in Sensor Technology Ref 8367

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics - Department of Engineering and Design - Sensor Technology Research Centre
Hours: Full time considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for 12 months
Reference: 8367
Salary: Starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum.
Placed on: 31 March 2022
Closing date: 11 May 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex is looking for a hardware developer to work with Dr Niko Münzenrieder and Dr Daniel Roggen on a research-intensive industry funded project on the development of novel tools for shape sensing.

This project aims to develop a textile sleeve with an integrated array of stretchable sensors. The goal is to dynamically quantify the shape of the 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 and fabricate highly deformable electronic strain sensors using thin-film and thick-film technology as well as various functionalized elastomers. This will be done in our in-house fabrication facilities. In addition to the realization of single sensors devices, sensor arrays should be fabricated and integrated into textiles. Finally, the developed transducers have to be conditioned using appropriate readout techniques.

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 flexible sensor devices, as well as a willingness to operate in a dynamic research environment within an international team.

Candidates should have a PhD (or will shortly be assessed for a PhD) in mechatronics, physics, electronics engineering or an equivalent field combining, and a very 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 electronics and their unobtrusive integration into 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 position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to broaden his/her knowledge in the application of sensors in wearable and flexible electronics to support patients and professionals in the healthcare sector. Additionally it is an ideal opportunity to work on a project with strong industry links, and real world applications of the developed prototypes.

Please contact Niko Münzenrieder ( 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.

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

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The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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