Research Officer: Ultra-Low Power Sensors for Energy Harvesting IoT

Swansea University

Swansea University’s vision is to transform lives and futures by providing an outstanding research environment, driving impact that is enabled by effective regional and global collaborations. With our world-class research centres and more than £500m investment into a new Bay Campus infrastructure, the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Swansea University stands out as one of the best centres of excellence in the country

ATIP is a £6M Program Grant funded by EPSRC and led by Swansea University, in close collaboration with Imperial College London  and Oxford University ,. The research is closely supported by 12 key industrial partners. The main objective is to deliver the underpinning science and engineering to drive the uptake of next generation organic photovoltaics and perovskite photovoltaics (PV) into integrated applications of clear technological need.

One of those needs is to develop photovoltaic technologies that can efficiently harvest ambient and indoor light to power the next generation of self-powered internet of things (IoT) devices. This will avoid the need to replace or remove batteries to recharge saving energy, scarce materials and ultimately helping to reduce the carbon-footprint of such devices.

We are seeking a Research Officer to support the ATIP project, working in the area of ultra-low power sensors and integrated electronics. The ideal candidate will be able to work in a cross-disciplinary environment, drawing on the expertise of solar energy scientists, and developing their own expertise in light-harvesting technologies to develop unique self-powered, IoT sensor nodes.

The successful applicant will have expertise in the electronic or electrochemical sensors and be experienced in electronics design and PCB fabrication. The candidate should hold a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related subject. They should provide evidence of active engagement, personal role, and contribution to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals. They should demonstrate the capacity for active engagement in designing research and writing, or contributing to writing, applications for external research funding.

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

We have an under-representation of women in the area of research and would particularly welcome applications from women for this position. We also have an under representation of individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

Applicants are asked to provide a completed online application providing evidence against the essential criteria in the recruitment documentation. Applicants should also attach to the application where applicable:

Please note this job is also being advertised to a pool of colleagues internally as part of our University commitment to employee redeployment.  Should this post be filled from this route then you will receive an email confirming this. If you do not receive an email, please assume that your application is still in process.

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