Research Fellow (Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors)

Posted on Nov 29, 2018 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics

The Electronic Materials and Devices Research Group of the ORC at University of Southampton is accepting applications for a Research Fellow.

The appointee will be part of an interdisciplinary team lead by Prof Themis Prodromakis and will be based at Southampton’s Zepler Institute. 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 work carried by the successful candidate will 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 involve the use of our state-of-art nano-fabrication facilities at Southampton’s Zepler Institute ( and advanced characterization techniques. The appointee 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. The successful candidate will interact closely with PhD students for developing novel SAW sensors and systems with particular emphasis in optimizing their architecture and device architecture for optimising/accounting for bespoke sensing modalities (temperature, strain, corrosion), as well as other Research Fellows that will be responsible for the modelling and communication aspects of the technology.

The successful candidate will obtain a PhD* in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related subject or equivalent professional qualifications. Candidate will also have a strong background in one or more of the following areas:

RF and Microwave characterization techniques
Semiconductors and Dielectrics Characterisation Techniques
Sensors Instrumentation
Skills in using one or more of the major device characterization equipment (Probe stations, Vector Network Analyzer, Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer) as well as skills in developing automated experimental characterization set-ups (e.g. Labview or other automation software) are also desirable. Previous experience with SAW technologies and sensors for structural integrity monitoring are also desirable.

This position is available for 2 years.

Applications are via this link.