Research Associate

University of the West of England

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Job Overview:

The Centre for Print Research (CFPR) in College of Arts, Technology and Environment (CATE) is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to support the EPSRC funded project “Sustainable wearable e-textiles for remote monitoring of atrial fibrillation patients”. The project aims to create a radical change in bespoke solution processing and manufacturing of sustainable conductive inks and develop next generation environmentally friendly wearable e-textiles, by addressing fundamental scientific challenges that current technologies are facing.

We are looking for a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join our inter-disciplinary research team to contribute in development of sustainable conductive inks that can be inkjet-printed onto surface engineered biodegradable textile substrate. The successful candidate will also be required to integrate printed wearable sensors to collect ECG data remotely in a non-invasive way and evaluate the performance. The successful candidate will carry out the sustainability assessment (biodegradability and life-cycle-analysis (LCA) to estimate environmental impact of developed wearable e-textiles. The team will disseminate research findings through high quality publications in peer-reviewed open access journals, present at international conferences, attend and organise events to share generated knowledge created within and beyond academic circles. Therefore we are looking for a highly ambitious candidate who is driven, innovate and open for collaboration.

Working in this team will provide the candidate a first-rate opportunity to train as an excellent researcher in interdisciplinary methodologies in a range of fields, skills and experience working in academic and industrial settings. The opportunity will greatly support career progression and development of the candidate.

The post is hosted within the Centre for Print research (CFPR) at Frenchay campus. Established in 1998, the CFPR consists of a team of multi-disciplinary researchers who conduct internationally acclaimed practical research into the artistic, historical, industrial significance and future of creative print practices, processes and technologies, involving collaborations with a variety of practitioners, institutions and commercial users.

About you:

The post will suit someone with a MSc degree in electrical and electronic engineering or relevant experience of working in the area relating to sensor technology and testing (specially biosensing). A PhD degree or working towards a PhD degree in electrical and electronic engineering or relevant field would be desirable. The successful candidate should have experience in designing, assembly and analysis of various kinds of sensors and using design tools. The position would also require experience in sustainability analysis (LCA, biodegradability). The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking research as part of a multidisciplinary team of academic and industrial collaborator where excellent verbal and written communication skills will be required. A record of high quality, peer-reviewed publications and evidence of contribution to the writing of these publications would be desirable. Also, would be looking for someone with previous experiences of working with wearable sensors.

Frenchay Campus: 

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links ; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations , our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

About UWE Bristol: 

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 38,000 students and 4,000 staff from right across the globe. Based in Bristol , one of the UK’s most exciting and forward-thinking cities, we are regionally embedded and globally connected, with an established network of employer and academic partners.

We offer a wide range of employee benefits including progressive pay rates, generous annual leave and career average pension schemes as well as retail savings, onsite nursery and opportunities for training and personal development.

We also provide a tailored professional programme to support our academic colleagues in delivering the highest in professional teaching standards.

UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community .

We are proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always looking for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing community and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic and female candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol, however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

As a Disability Confident employer, we welcome applications from those who identify as having a disability.

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Dr Shaila Afroj by email: [email protected]

Interviews are scheduled to take place at our Frenchay campus or online.

This is a fixed-term post for 3 years from the start date, or to end by 31 July 2027 whichever is the earlier. This post is full time.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is vital to our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time.

To ensure fairness and equity all salary offers will be made in line with the University’s salary assessment guidelines and will be based on your relevant skills and experience.

We may be able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

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Any candidates wishing to apply who are subsequently appointed to this role without current Right to Work in the UK can be supported to obtain the Global Talent Visa (Academics and Researchers). This will involve a self-application which is a two stage process and we recommend you read the information about each stage on the following links: https://www.gov.uk/global-talent-researcher-academic .

You may also wish to explore other visa options which you are eligible for which will allow you to work in the UK.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

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