University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge? Do you have a background in smart textile materials and wearable electronics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research-intensive Universities?

Bats are key to the functioning of a multitude of ecosystems, yet are highly sensitive to anthropogenic stressors and environmental change. Due to their cryptic nature and low body mass, monitoring individuals poses significant challenges.

This project, BATMAN, combines innovative technological, analytical and laboratory-based approaches to substantially advance our understanding of vulnerable bat species' responses to human-induced environmental changes. We will develop ultralight and self-powered wearable devices to remotely monitor real-time movements of individual bats, develop non-invasive hormone quantification procedures to assess stress responses, and conduct leading-edge social network analyses to explore long-term social structure dynamics.

This post holder will focus on development of the optimised wearable electronics (e.g. different wearable sensors and fully integrated system) for monitoring of small size of wild bats. The researcher will lead the work packages onto the design and manufacturing of wearable sensors and antenna, electronics system integration, feasibility study of energy harvesting and eventually the experimental assessments for the field testing, collaborating with our biological academics and researchers, as well as the partners from the Vincent Wildlife Trust.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Yu, Shi, Chair of Textile Innovation and Smart Composite Materials

~~~~ Email: [email protected]

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures School/Institute: School of Design Category: Research Grade: Grade 6 Salary: £29,762 to £35,308 p.a. Working Time: 100% Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31/12/26 due to funding) Release Date: Monday 13 November 2023 Closing Date: Monday 27 November 2023 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: AHCDE1262 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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Research Assistant


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


November 14, 2023

Application deadline

November 27, 2023

Job type



Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Engineering,Physics

About the employer

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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