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Research Fellow

Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 3 years
Closing Date:  Thursday 12 November 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1299220DA

Engineering the future

You will work on an exciting research project that aims to develop a smart insole sensor system and App to help prevent diabetic foot ulceration. This interdisciplinary project is funded by NIHR i4i and is in collaboration between Southampton and Salford Universities as well as NHS centres and industry partners. You will join Professor Liudi Jiang’s research group at the University of Southampton, comprising researchers who work on novel body interface systems and biomechanics that address many unmet needs across broad fields in medical devices and rehabilitation.

This project focuses on the development of the first of its kind embedded insole sensor systems with capability to detect comprehensive loading data under foot including multidirectional forces, combined with an app which can advise people with diabetes in a timely manner, enabling them to minimise the risk of ulceration. You will work on the engineering development and biomechanical studies and will work closely with the Salford team and other partners who will lead on foot biomechanics, patient tests, clinical studies, Patient and Public Involvement, user-centred considerations and health economics.

To be successful you will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in one or multiple fields of mechanical engineering, mechatronics, embedded systems, electrical engineering, medical devices, computing and communication or a related discipline. In addition, you will have engineering experience and skills in some or all of the areas including PCB layout design, embedded systems (hardware and firmware), programming languages, wireless communications, App development, data mining techniques (e.g. machine learning, AI), instrumentation and mechanical testing. Understanding and experience in medical devices including regulations and ethics, are not essential but highly desirable as is a knowledge of previous research experience in lower limb biomechanics and human gait.

*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.

The post has a duration of 3 years and is expected to start on 4th January 2021. 

Please feel free to send informal enquires with a CV to Professor Liudi Jiang, (

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 contact Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002 or via email Please quote reference 1299220DA on all correspondence.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give 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

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