Sensor Technology Applications Developer Ref 3208

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term until 31 December 2018 
Reference: 3208 
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum.
Placed on: 2 May 2018
Closing date:  16 May 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: ASAP

Job description

The Sensor Technology Research Centre is one of the leading centres in the UK, if not the world.

To meet the rapidly increasing demand from commercial organisations for the Centre’s patented sensor technology, we created an Applications Development group in 2014.

Two Developers work as part of the Sensor Technology Research Centre’ team, helping to develop and realise applications of the award winning electric potential sensor technology; forms of which are now being marketed by Plessey Semiconductors as the EPIC sensor chip and are now being incorporated into medical products.

The electric potential sensor is a generic high impedance sensing technology which has an extremely broad range of applications spanning the fields of medicine; materials testing; forensics; driver monitoring; security; aero-engine instrumentation; human machine interfacing; geophysics.

The core function of the Developer posts is to take concept research projects and develop them through to the pre-production prototype demonstrator stage: application concept to commercialisation. A commercially focussed Developer is already in post and there is now an opportunity for an entrepreneurial individual with a technical background to join the team.

The successful applicant will work with the existing Developer to produce pre-production prototype demonstrators, but will be mainly concerned with the technical challenges. This involves working with potential vendors and end users, taking into account application purpose, ergonomics, style, vendor profile and end user requirements. Hence, the person must have a technical background with an understanding of electronics, but also be creative, commercially aware, and be prepared to present at trade shows and the equivalent. It is also anticipated that they will need to source external production services to enable product standard prototypes to be realised.

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

Informal enquiries may be addressed either to Professor R J Prance, Head of the Sensor Technology Research Centre,

Download the full job description and person specification Ref 3208 [PDF 124.29KB]

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.

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