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Research Fellow (SAW Wireless Interface)

Electronic Materials & Devices Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £36,914 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (12 months)
Closing Date:  Thursday 05 March 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1238420PN

Based at the Centre for Electronics Frontiers at University of Southampton; this position will be based at the Highfield Campus and will commence on 1 April 2020.

You will be part of an interdisciplinary team lead by Prof Themis Prodromakis and will be based at Southampton’s Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics. This post is funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the vision is to develop a Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology for monitoring in real-time temperature and strain. The technology will be developed collaboratively with Transese Technologies and the Lloyd’s Register Group and will be optimized for being deployed on large metal area representing the inner/outer shell of LNG tanks. This is a great opportunity for you to pave the way for unattended LNG tanks in-situ monitoring, providing early warnings for any structural defects and thus predicting failures, and obviating unnecessary dry dock inspections that render the maintenance of LNG carrier (powered) vessels both costly and dangerous.

This post will specifically involve the use of our state-of-art nano-fabrication and facilities at Southampton’s Zepler Institute ( and advanced characterization techniques. You will join a highly successful and visible group of researchers in related projects, funded by both EPSRC, EU and charitable Foundations, and will be required to coordinate activities among academic and industrial partners. In addition, you will interact closely with PhD students for developing novel SAW electromagnetically resonant sensor systems with particular emphasis in sensor electromagnetic response, in particular the readout technology. This post will work closely with project partners to develop the sensor readout hardware and algorithms, as well as other Research Fellows that will be responsible for the physical sensing and fabrication aspects of the technology.

It is essential you have a PhD* in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related subject or equivalent professional qualifications and experience and have a strong background in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Radio frequency engineering
  2. Mixed mode circuit engineering
  3. Antenna engineering
  4. RF and Microwave characterization techniques
  5. Sensors Instrumentation

Skills in one or more of the following areas are desirable:

  • Radio electronic characterization equipment (Probe stations, Vector Network Analyzer, Spectrum analysers, TDR) 
  • Skills in developing automated experimental characterization set-ups (e.g. Labview or other Test and Measurement automation software) 
  • Circuit simulation and prototyping
  • SAW technologies and sensors

There will be some travel involved both within the United Kingdom.

*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.

This position is available for 1 year.

Further information can be obtained from Prof Themis Prodromakis at email address:

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze.   We gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities 

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.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

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 Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456. Please quote reference 1238420PN on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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