Research Fellow in Electronic System Design

University of Surrey - Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

We seek a Research Fellow in Electronic System Design for Augmented Paper, beginning October 2nd 2017 for 12 months. The Fellow will take a leading role in the design, fabrication, characterisation, and specification for pilot production of a light-based gesture recognition system for an Augmented Book, as part of the Next Generation Paper research project. The work will be carried out under the supervision of Dr Radu Sporea, flexible electronics expert and 2014 EPSRC Rising Star, at the Advanced Technology Institute and will involve the system design for the Augmented Book, including sensors, on- and off-page communication, power management, manufacturability and reliability, and data processing using analog systems and microcontrollers. The successful candidate will have a background in mixed-signal circuits, sensor system design, or large area electronic circuits, with a focus on hybrid integration and/or printed and flexible electronics fabrication.

The post-holder will join a 13-person team of researchers at the Universities of Surrey and The Open University working on the Next Generation Paper project. This will involve participation at project meetings and potentially some travel to subcontractors in Europe. The post-holder will work most closely with Dr Radu Sporea and his team on the design, prototyping, characterisation, and specification for pilot fabrication of an augmented book, containing data processing, power management, sensing, and communication systems, achieved through hybrid integration of printed and conventional electronics, in a paper-based product. Sensing user interactions will generate actions involving relevant digital assets.

The post-holder will be expected to:

  • Conduct literature reviews in selected areas;
  • Lead the day to day design, fabrication, and characterisation of the system and its components;
  • Optimise processes and designs for energy efficiency, manufacturability, ecology, and/or cost;
  • Analyse and write-up results for publication.

The successful candidate will have:

  • An undergraduate degree in electronics, physics, material science, or chemistry;
  • A PhD in printed and large area electronics fabrication, or hybrid electronics integration;
  • Experience of carrying out empirical work: fabrication, characterisation, design of electronic circuits and systems;
  • Proven ability to work independently;
  • Good numerical and analytical skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Proven administrative and organisational skills.

The following are also desirable:

  • A special interest in energy-efficiency and manufacturability of large-area and printed electronics;
  • Experience of microcontroller-based system design, e.g. Arduino;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and to participate to technical conversations with partners and subcontractors.

The Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) is a leading multidisciplinary research facility in the fields of nanotechnology, energy, and large area electronics. Labs equipped for conventional and emerging fabrication and characterisation of electronic devices and circuits will be available for the project. The project will run side by side with other major research activities in the areas of Quantum Technology, Spintronics, Energy Generation and Storage, and Designer Nanomaterials. ATI research facilities include the recent Graphene Centre, and the joint Surrey - National Physical Laboratory labs in the areas of Microwave and RF characterisation, and Hyper-Terahertz Physics.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,175) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,076).

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