University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Fellow in Smart Textiles

United Kingdom

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Research Fellow in Smart Textiles Overview of the Role

LITAC Research Fellow in Smart Textiles, Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour, School of Design, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Can you perform technically challenging tasks with smart textiles, e-textiles, wearable electronics, sensors and intelligent materials to support research projects? Do you have a background in smart materials, electronics or smart textiles? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research intensive Universities?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 75 universities in the world. We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.

You will join the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research institute addressing global challenges in textile industries through research and innovation, as well as teaching. Development of innovative science and technology, materials, methods and processes to enable sustainable development is key to our mission.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and skilled researcher to support multiple research projects working with various sensors, electronic devices, smart textiles, e-textiles, wearable electronics, smart polymers, smart composites, as well as laboratory scale textile manufacturing equipment, on innovative research projects applying knowledge of electronics, mechatronics and smart materials to undertake research in the field of innovative and sustainable smart textile, wearable electronics and composite products. You will assist in the day-to-day planning, organisation and implementation of experiments in the laboratory to ensure the smooth running of the research facilities.

The role encompasses three main areas of support: research, teaching and lab/workshop operational management.

You will work closely with the Director of the Leeds Institute of Textiles & Colour (LITAC) and the School of Design Director of Research and Innovation as well as with various academics in LITAC and the wider School, playing a key role in their projects by carrying out research in the areas of smart textiles, e-textiles, smart composites, prototype, characterisation and testing of such systems (e.g. smart textile fibres, fabrics, garments and composites) to address defined and unmet needs in a diverse range of industry and consumer applications. You will engage in all aspects of research and will be also involved in the analysis and dissemination of the research findings, including the preparation of journal papers.

You will work closely with relevant Academic Lead(s) responsible for school labs to help with the management and operational running of those areas, as well as provide support, instruction, and advice on the use of equipment and processes in all aspects of prototyping, manufacturing and characterisation of smart textiles.

You will work closely with the Director of Student Education and Programme Leaders to provide guidance and instruction to students for research projects on smart textiles, e-textile, intelligent clothing, smart materials, smart composites, and their integration into smart products. You will also be given the opportunity to collaborate with other academic staff in the development and delivery of relevant course content to UG, PDT and PGR students.

You will work closely with other textile technology researchers working in the same area to provide advice and support to staff and students, including advice on Health and Safety related matters for staff and students within the School and the general upkeep of textile and electronic equipment and School premises in relation to prototyping, manufacturing and characterisation of smart textiles, e-textile, intelligent clothing, smart materials, smart composites, and their integrated products.

You will gain invaluable experience in the field and obtain an excellent developmental opportunity as a researcher and instructor/tutor. You will benefit from being a Research Fellow in a research-intensive Russell Group University and gaining excellent training, taking part in research colloquia and networking with other researchers at the University of Leeds and beyond.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 14.5% of salary
  • Generous pension scheme options plus life assurance
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • And much more!

    Contact information

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

    Professor Stephen Russell, Director, Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour

    Email: [email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures School/Institute: School of Design Category: Research Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Ongoing Release Date: Wednesday 03 April 2024 Closing Date: Wednesday 17 April 2024 Reference: AHCDE1277

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    Research Fellow in Smart Textiles


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    April 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 17, 2024

    Job type



    Architecture and Design,Arts and Culture,Engineering

    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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