Research Fellow in Metamaterials for the Creative Industries

School/department: School of Engineering & Informatics Department of Informatics 
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 30 months
Reference: 0120
: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 10 September 2018 
Closing date: 11 October 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: Ideally 18-19 October 
Expected start date: Ideally on or before 1 December 2018

Job description

We are inviting applications for one post-doctoral researcher to join the School of Engineering and Informatics of the University of Sussex, to assist in the development of novel, metamaterial-based devices to manipulate sound and ultrasound waves on demand.

The post is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and has sufficient resources to allow hardware prototyping and support conference travel.

You will be based in a newly-established multi-disciplinary research team, led by Dr. Gianluca Memoli and comprising of 4 members. In the next three years, together we will be creating metamaterial-based devices to manage sound in different contexts. We will design the materials and assemble them in prototypes that will be tested on end users using VR/AR environments, in collaboration with our industrial partners (e.g. producers of videogames/3D video/VR content…but also musicians, architects and noise consultants).

Our team sits within the larger remit of the Interact Lab, a vibrant research environment currently including 3 academics, 4 post-doctoral researchers, 4 PhD students and several visiting researchers, from various backgrounds in computer science and engineering/physics. The work of lab members often attracts media attention and offers many public engagement opportunities.

The Interact Lab is internationally renowned for its research in creating novel interactive devices for human-computer interaction (HCI) and the basis on our research on metamaterials can be found described in this video:

Within this project, the Research Fellow will have the chance to:

  1. Design passive, broadband devices to manipulate acoustic fields, with an acoustic function similar to the one microscopes and telescopes have for light;
  2. Actuate the above mentioned systems using microfluidic techniques;
  3. Use various techniques (e.g. the ones underpinning image compression and modern 3D displays) to develop acoustic devices that have no optical counterpart;
  4. Develop and implement working prototypes based on the sculpting of different acoustic fields, to be tested in real applications, in collaboration with industrial partners;
  5. Identify principles and visualisation techniques that can support users in their interactions with this new technology.

The position will involve a variety of tasks such as the design and construction of metamaterials, creation of working prototypes and publishing these results in scientific venues.

The position would be suitable for someone with experience on technical aspects of one or more of the following areas

a)    Design and implementation,

b)    Metamaterials in acoustics or related areas,

c)    Computational fabrication,

d)    Microfluidic actuation or acousto-fluidics.

Some previous experience with electronics and using maker space tools (e.g. laser cutters, 3D printers) will be highly beneficial.

The research fellow will have considerable freedom in shaping the nature of the research project. So we seek a highly organised and motivated individual, able to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining excellent attention to details. Excellent written and communication skills are also essential.

Employment will be subject to the right to work in the UK. You will work directly with Dr. Gianluca Memoli, with a base in the Department of Informatics. You can find more information about the group at and about the project at

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science and engineering at Sussex.


For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Gianluca Memoli (, +44 1273 678853)

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How to apply

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