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KTP Research Associate in Smart Wound Care Technologies

University of Kent - School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £32,943 to £36,442 per annum (grade 6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Job Ref: CEMS-080-21

We are seeking an Electronics Engineer who will be responsible for the development and integration of cutting-edge sensor and communication technologies into Smith and Nephews current wound product line. The project will involve the development of an embedded system that can read the output from the sensors on a wound management dressing and communicate the data via UHF/NFC/Bluetooth to a program on the patient’s phone, computer or standalone unit.

S&N is a diversified advanced medical technology company that supports healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries worldwide, employing 18,000 people. The company develops and produces pioneering products across three main franchises: Advanced Wound management (AWM), Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, & ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat).

With manufacturing facilities worldwide and deep knowledge of the needs of surgeons and nurses and the economic pressures to global health systems, the company creates quality products to help restore quality of life for patients.

The Hull campus focuses on AWM, which consists of Advanced Wound Care and Advanced Wound Devices, where absorbent dressing manufacturing dominates the site activities (e.g. ALLEVYN, Acticoat) along with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) devices (e.g., PICO and RENASYS). Wound Management R&D is focussed at the Hull site and is complimented by Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory and Clinical functions.

The Associate will be based at the Smith and Nephew premises in Hull and will work closely with the support and guidance of Dr Horne and Dr Makarovaite from the School of Engineering, University of Kent. At the end of the fixed-term contract, and upon successful completion of the project, there is a possibility that the role could become a permanent full-time position.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

This position is part funded by Innovate UK under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) graduate recruitment programme. KTP projects are based on a partnership between a University and a company or organisation with a recently qualified graduate or post-graduate (the Associate), delivering the project with support from the academic team within the University. For this KTP you will be working with the University of Kent experts in the project area.

As the Associate, you will benefit from a generous training and personal development programme including the opportunity to gain a CMI management qualification. You will also be encouraged to attain membership of a professional organisation and funding support, if appropriate, may be available towards study for a higher degree.

As a Research Associate you will:

-Work on the implementation of the sensor and communications platform
-Prepare documentation to support technological developments
-Design testing methodologies for systems validation
-Take the lead in developing a market-leading and disruptive product

To succeed in this role you will have:

-PhD in Electronics Engineering (Antenna technology or sensor manufacturing preferred) Candidates who are currently undertaking a PhD in Electronics Engineering will also be considered
-Experience in drafting, editing, and submitting research articles as main author with a proven publication record
-Experience in fabricating prototypes to validate designs experimentally
-Experience in circuit design and construction and in Sensor design

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply. For further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on cemshr@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: CEMS-80-21

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