Senior Research Fellow / Senior Research Software Engineer in Lower-Middle Income Country Prosthetics Databases

University of Southampton - Bioengineering Group

This is a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge Computer Science research and implement your findings with expert Prosthetist-Orthotist clinicians in Cambodia, with direct benefits to people with limb loss and other disabilities.

Join an exciting interdisciplinary research team led by Dr Alex Dickinson and Dr Gary Wills at the University of Southampton working on Mobile Distributed Database and Web Technologies to enable community-based prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) services in Lower and Middle Income Countries. This role will include development of an eventually-consistent distributed database and web application for storing patient records in mobile/distributed environments of lower power portable micro-servers (i.e. BluPoint hubs). The purpose of this development is to prove a model for supporting improved mobile patient care for people with limb loss and other disabilities, with a view to this model being implemented to drive social impact for patients and their families globally.

This new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project will be run by a team in the Faculties of Engineering & the Environment, and Electronics & Computer Science at the University of Southampton, one of the UK’s most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education, in close partnership with company partner BluPoint Ltd., at University of Southampton Science Park (Chilworth), under Dr Tristan Aubrey-Jones. The researcher will primarily be based at Chilworth, with one day per week on the Highfield Campus, and collaborate with overseas translation partner National Institute of Social Affairs, Cambodia, and NGO Exceed Worldwide.

You will join a team of computer scientists, biomedical engineers, prosthetists, physiotherapists, healthcare psychologists and social scientists. You will also be part of a ground-breaking development team at BluPoint, working on applied research that aims to transform the provision of P&O services in the developing world, where there are great needs for such services but particular barriers of access, training and infrastructure. You will have the unusual opportunity to undertake aspects of your research work on-site in city and provincial communities in Cambodia, including field testing visits.

To be successful you will need the experience listed in the Job Description / Person Specification linked below.

University of Southampton has an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad. In September 2016 an Athena SWAN Bronze award was received in recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.

Please contact Dr Alex Dickinson for further information, at alex.dickinson(at)

Candidates with equivalent Professional Experience instead of PhD qualification will be given the title of Senior Research Software Engineer.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above.

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