Associate Professor in E-textiles Electronics Architecture
City Site

Job reference: 06141

Location: City Site

Closing date: 28/05/2019

Salary : Grade J (£51,034 - £59,139 p.a.)

Department: College of Art, Architecture Design and Humanities

School/Section : School of Art & Design

Post Ref : D2565

Are you an academic looking for an innovative and successful university to take your next step?  At NTU, we recognise that our greatest strengths lie in the energy, expertise, and experience that our colleagues bring.  Thanks to our £421million investment in estates and equipment across our three campuses since 2003/4, we deliver an inspirational learning environment for both staff and students.  Our research allows us to shape lives and society, which is central to our mission and achievements of our aims.


The Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG) is an established unit situated within the School of Art and Design.  The Research Group has a proven record of world class academic outputs in the area of electronic textiles, and is passionate about the application of their research in a practical context, having an excellent record of accomplishment in working with industry, maximising economic impact and winning research funding.


Current research areas include the embedding of semiconductors, such as LEDs, thermistors, acoustic, photodiodes and vibration sensors, into yarns, enabling them to be incorporated unobtrusively into clothing and other textiles.  These ‘E-yarns’ have a wide variety of applications.  Electronic and data handling functionality needs to be added in a discrete way.  An intelligent garment may be monitoring the wearer’s biometrics, the external environment or both, but how and where should the data being generated by the garment be captured, stored and processed; on-garment, on-person (e.g. a mobile phone or smart watch) or remotely (e.g. by a doctor or clinician).  How we go about making the design decisions that impact upon the garment, the electronic hardware and the data processing is critical to ensure the required intelligence is captured.  


These design decisions have a data / IT architecture implication, which has an impact on the textile’s other functions such as wearer comfort, secondary heating and RF emissions as well as issues such as hygiene, etc.  Additional factors to be considered include data privacy, security and compliance.  Reliability, availability and serviceability are all issues that need to be addressed to reach the required design outcome.  In order to create truly effective intelligent textiles, an electronic and data model to inform the design is required which can be integrated with the garment.


The growing quantity of real-time data being collected and the correlation between multiple types of sensors gathering data also presents the ‘big data’ challenge. AI tools and techniques may also play a part in turning the raw data into meaningful and actionable data, but implicit in many of these techniques are a prior understanding of the patterns or trigger data one is looking for, which may not yet be fully understood given the newness of this data gathering technology and lack of existing data sets for reference to provide accurate patterns for medical purposes.


This role is a significant opportunity to bring research leadership experience and research skills that will contribute to the future direction of research in the ATRG.


If you are an innovative thinker with a relevant background, then this may be the opportunity to work in this exciting and progressive field, that can make a substantive difference to peoples’ lives.


Closing date – 28 May 2019


Interview date – TBC



If you have any specific queries in relation to this position, please contact Professor Tilak Dias, ATRG Lead, via email



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