Engineering Research Fellow

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,314 to £36,386 per annum
12 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
08 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Agents, Interactions & Complexity

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £33,314 to £36,386 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Thursday 08 September 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1936222FP

Do you have a PhD in Electronic Engineering, Material Engineering or a related area? Come help us build interactive technology to enable older people stay independent in their own homes.

You will join a new research project called Elder Athletes and Incidental Interaction. The goal is to design interactive technology that helps older people build strength, balance and visual orientation by using familiar actions like getting out of a chair, pulling a door closed, putting a can on a shelf, or getting out of bed. Your role will be to develop the smart electronic materials and devices that the user will interact with. For example, these may include augmenting home furnishings (cushions, door handles, floor mats etc) with sensors that enable them to detect force/movement and with lights/actuators to give motivating feedback.

You will need to hold a PhD* or have equivalent professional qualifications and experience in a relevant area, for example Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Material Engineering. You will also need some experience of developing or using smart materials (this might include, for example, using printed functional materials, printed electronic actuators, wearable sensors, e-textiles, home-based sensors, or Internet of Things (IoT) sensors). 

You will join a supportive, multidisciplinary project team which will include two other research fellows: a human computer interface specialist who will design the interaction protocols and software; and a biomechanical specialist who will test the interactive technology with users. You will also be supported by project investigators (Prof Chris Freeman. Prof mc Schraefel, and Dr Martin Warner) who have extensive experience in developing interactive technologies to promote and support health (see for details of our related projects). You will also work with our project partners from the NHS, industry and local stroke groups during co-design and testing of the interactive devices. You will be based in Electronics and Computer Science, and will use our printed electronics labs as well as our movement laboratories in the Faculty of Health Science. You will demonstrate a  keenness  to build your research skills and succeed at an international level. In return for your effort, we are committed to help you build your career.

If you have a suitable background, and are interested in developing technology to benefit older people, then please join us. If you have any questions, please contact Prof Chris Freeman directly at

Please Note: Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBT+ and disabled applicants to apply. We are committed to improving equality for women in science and have been successful in achieving an  Athena SWAN bronze award in April 2020.   

 The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1936222FP on all correspondence.

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