Research Associate in Embedded Systems

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Monday, 14 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Closing date 12 Nov 2019 23:00 (UK time)
Salary £32,817–£40,322 (Grade 7)
Location Edinburgh
Department ISSS
Category Research
Status Full Time
Duration 12 months fixed-term

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About our Team

This RA position is part of an EU-funded project called Arrest-TB. The applicant will be part of the team composed of myself, Helen Bridle and Sumanth Pavuluri as the second Research Associate part of this project. Other partners include the University of Edinburgh, GPS-OCR (Alicante, Valencia), Destina (Granada, Span), Opto-I (Trento, Italy) and the IITs of Chennai and Roorkee (India) and the Institute of Turbeculosis in Moscow. The applicant will be a member of the Research institute ISSS in EPS and will be located in the Earl Mountbatten Building.

Detailed Description

The RA will be mainly involved in the electronic assembly and testing of a microfluidics-based cartridge for sample preparation and purification.

Expertise in embedded systems, hardware is required as well as good experimental skills.

Key duties and responsibilities

The post holder is required to;

  • Assist the development of student research skills, and be expected to contribute to the assessment of student knowledge in the context of teaching and supervision duties.
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects, making use of relevant research techniques and methods. Disseminate results of research in peer reviewed journals and conferences, and/or other appropriate media. Continue to update personal knowledge and to develop skills within own specialist research area. Maintain written records of research results and progress generated intellectual property and data analysis. Contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  • Write research reports and publications. Analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas bases on outcomes. Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding purposes. Use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.
  • Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration. Work with academic colleagues on areas of shared research interest and contribute to collaborative decision making. Join external networks to share information and identify potential sources of funds.
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff, research students and any other students who may be assisting with the research.
  • We are looking for a creative and highly motivated researcher willing to work as part of a team.

The ideal candidate will have a strong theoretical understanding and an experimental background in one or more of the following fields:

  • Experience in embedded hardware design and layout
  • Experience in sensors and actuators, data acquisition and interpretation
  • Experience in programming of embedded systems
  • Good communication skills and an appropriate publication record are essential.
  • Desirable skills include Knowledge of Computer-Aided Design and experience of working with biological/biomedical systems.
  • General tasks will involve scientific research; analysis and interpretation of data; daily oversight of the activities of postgraduate and undergraduate project students in the laboratory; communication with other investigators involved in this collaborative project; preparation of scientific papers; presentation of research at conferences.
  • Responsibilities will also include assistance in the day-to-day maintenance of the experimental facilities, liaising with companies and external collaborators.
  • The successful candidate is also expected to be involved in our outreach activities, with roles that can be tuned to the specific preferences of the candidate but will involve for example interviews, talks for the general public and preparation of experimental demonstrators.

Education, qualifications and experience

Essential Criteria

  • Possess and maintain sufficient breadth or depth of specialist discipline knowledge and or research methods and techniques to work in own area.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural work environment.
  • Experience of working in a Higher Education or similar environment.
  • Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant area of electrical/electronic engineering or computer science or related subject (or a thesis submitted by the start date of the project)
  • A record of high quality publications, and evidence of contribution to the writing of these publications proportionate to opportunity.
  • Appropriate publication record for stage in career.
  • Experience with embedded hardware and/or biomedical systems applied to research in a relevant discipline.
  • Must have proven academic ability and a demonstrable high level of technical competence in experimental science and the analysis / modelling of the results.
  • Strong theoretical understanding and thorough grounding in experimental techniques relevant to the project.
  • Ability to articulate research work, both in technical reports / papers and by oral presentation
  • Ability to formulate and progress work on their own initiative
  • Evidence of research ability: problem solving, flexibility
  • Must be able to work as part of a team on the experiments at Heriot-Watt and more widely with the collaborators at other Universities
  • Experience in writing and managing peer-reviewed papers.
  • Experience in public presentations of scientific results (e.g. conference talks)

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of ability to present work effectively in person, e.g. at conferences and seminars.
  • Previous experience with one or more of the following: CAD design, experience with working with biomedical systems.
  • Experience in leading the writing of scientific papers.
  • Experience of programming for data acquisition (e.g. LabVIEW) and analysis.
  • Experience of experimental design and integration.
  • Evidence of ability, subject to opportunity, to guide other researchers, e.g. PhD students and undergraduate project students.
  • Experience of research-student supervision.
  • Capability to be self-directed and think innovatively.
  • Energy and enthusiasm for the project.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 12 November 2019.

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