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Research Officer

Swansea University - College of Engineering

Location: Swansea
Salary: £35,326 to £40,927 per annum together with USS pension benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: AC04663

Closing Date: 31-10-2021

Contract:  full-time, fixed term position until 31 May 2022 with likely extension to 31st May 2023

Location: This position will be based at the Bay Campus, Swansea

This project (STREAM) is a Wales/Ireland cross border collaboration that addresses a specific need for advanced marine monitoring systems that will contribute to a better understanding of the impacts of climate change, STREAM addresses these needs through the development of new instruments and platforms for cross-border marine observation and ecosystem monitoring that increase the number of parameters that can be measured automatically, lowering the costs of observation and accelerating the dissemination of data to Coastal Communities and Stakeholders.  Such measurements are an important factor in preserving their Good Ecological Status, which is a primary focus of the Wales Marine and Fisheries Strategic Action Plan and Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth – An integrated Marine Plan for Ireland.

STREAM will extend marine monitoring paradigms beyond the current state of the art systems to deliver an affordable solution to the high temporal and spatial resolution monitoring of coastal waters, thus generating a non-intrusive living laboratory, where the complex interplay of multiple systems can be monitored, analysed and understood. The application of high level data analytic strategies extends beyond the current state of the art marine monitoring systems. These strategies will apply advanced ‘data mining’ concepts to unlock hidden and otherwise inaccessible information from the data.

The STREAM operation builds on a previous cross-border project that successfully developed via additive print based manufacturing techniques, a range of self-sufficient sensor technologies that could be deployed to operate continuously in remote areas for extended periods of time. Integrating this monitoring system with modern ICT technologies allows cloud based data storage and retrieval, thus creating a public access portal that will lead to an improved awareness of climate change impacts for coastal communities, through enhanced data collection and dissemination. Thus, the STREAM portal will increase capacity and knowledge of climate change adaptation for the Irish sea and coastal communities.

This appointment requires beyond the ‘normal’ researcher duties associated with the College, the appointee needs to have a skill set that focuses on the fabrication of sensor devices by printing.  In more detail she/he will need to have knowledge of sensor working principles and architecture and how this integrates with electronic circuits and data capture.  The appointee will need to have knowledge of ink formulation and printing by a screen process and to be able to characterise the performance of the sensors. 

Essential criteria:

  1. A doctoral degree in engineering, physics or chemistry
  2. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project
  3. Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project.
  4. Knowledge of sensor working principles and architecture, and how this integrates with electronic circuits, data capture and power requirements.
  5. Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  6. A commitment to continuous professional development

Further information is available from Professor D T Gethin.  Please use email at this time (d.t.gethin@swansea.ac.uk) as a starting point. 

To apply, please click on the link above.

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