Research Fellow in Wearable Electronics and Smart Textiles

University of Sussex - Department of Engineering and Design - Sensor Technology Research Centre

The Wearable Technologies Laboratory (University of Sussex) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the project "Shape sensing textile for orthotics - SmartSensOtics".

This 3 year project aims to develop a textile sleeve integrated stretchable sensors. The goal is to quantify the shape and the pressure applied to body parts covered with the textile sleeve, and hence to offer a digital alternative to traditional plater cast moulds. The developed textile will be used to improve the process of manufacturing orthotics in the UK and low income countries. This project is in collaboration with a local orthotics company, a healthcare institution form Kenya, and a European research institute.

Your role will be to extend an existing wearable platform to read-out the signals coming from the textile sensor array, develop algorithms to process the sensor data to generate a digital 3D model, and represent the data in a way usable for healthcare professionals. Fabrication of the sensor textile and date collection will be done in collaboration with a second full time postdoctoral researcher.

Additionally, you will support the proof of concept and evaluation of the system with our local partner in Kenya, to optimize the textile for its application in a low income country.

This project is based at the Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex. Project meetings, mandatory field trips to Africa, and presentations at scientific conferences will involve numerous international travels.

Key Requirements. This post is well suited to a highly motivated individual with excellent technical skills and with 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 Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field. They should be familiar with interactive 3D modelling and analysis and multiobjective constraint optimisation in order to infer 3D models from sensor readings. Ideally they will have experience with information presentation, user-centered design, applied machine learning, and discrete electronics to extend one of our wearable sensing platform and ideally smart textiles.

The successful candidate will be willing to work at the interface between electronics, computing and health application and will have a strong interest in the development of novel wearables for healthcare. An expertise in the application of research outcomes in the healthcare sector and developing countries is desirable.

Advantages and career development.

The project is suitable for high impact publications, involves national and international partners, and also includes work on a potential commercialization of the developments with the Sussex Innovation Centre. This will allow the candidate to gain international visibility. Furthermore, the project gives a chance to collaborate with a lading UK orthotics company.

For further information contact Dr Daniel Roggen:

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

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page

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