Research Associate in Smart Sensors and Systems for Agriscience

The University of Manchester - School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Closing Date : 18/12/2016
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 2 years
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Division : -
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,076 to £38,183 per annum
Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-009103

Due to the broadening ‘smart sensors’ research in the e-Agri Sensors Centre (, the group has an additional position for up to two post-doctoral research engineers. The roles will require you to research, develop, fabricate and characterise proof-of-concept systems and sensor technologies for novel applications in the agriscience and biotechnology sectors. You will be required to work in partnership with other team members to deliver smart sensor systems incorporating analogue and digital electronics as well as embedded systems and firmware designs. The projects will be in partnership with academics from other disciplines at the University, the N8 Agri-Food programme ( and industrial scientists in the partnering agronomy companies. In addition to delivering hands-on research you will also be required to support the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students. In delivering innovative commercially focused prototypes it is expected that you will cultivate market awareness by working in partnership with industrial and academic business development professionals.

You will be required to work in a multidisciplinary team to deliver sensors systems, which incorporate the interfacing-to and processing-of multiple transducer signals. In conjunction with materials engineers, analytical scientists, physicists, plant scientists and agronomists, you will develop prototype units for field trials in commercial farming and food production. A key responsibility of the role will be to manage and develop the group’s electronics / mechatronics sensors laboratory and assets. Additionally you will be involved in the supervision of students, a number of which may be drawn from disciplines outside of electronic engineering; notably from biology, chemistry, analytical science, material science, physics and / or informatics. You may also be located in departments or institutions other than the School of EEE or the University of Manchester. Because of this, it is critical that you are prepared to work across functional boundaries, ideally including the life sciences.

The posts are available immediately and offered initially for 2 year periods. It is anticipated that the contracts will be extended subject to the performance of the successful applicant(s) and continued project funding.

Previous applicants need not apply

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Bruce Grieves


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting: 1 November 2016

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Candidates with MEng level qualifications (2:1 or 1st class) are welcome to apply for additional positions if they are willing to undertake a PhD level qualification as a full time studentship for 3½ years at an equivalent tax-free monthly stipend.

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