Materials Research Engineer (Keep Associate)

University of Hertfordshire

 Post Title: Materials Research Engineer (Keep Associate)

 SBU/Department:  School of Physics, Engineering & Computer Science; Department of Engineering & Technology

 FTE: 1.0fte (working 37 hours a week)

 Duration of Contract: 12 months

 Salary: KEEP  £28,000-£30,000 pa

 Location: University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield and Bromley Emergency Training &   Research Ltd, London, SE16 2XB  

This role is to lead an R&D Knowledge Exchange Embed Partnership between the University of Hertfordshire and Bromley Emergency Training & Research Ltd (BETAR). The project will develop realistic, life-like, re-usable and durable physical models of specific human anatomies to be used in ultrasound training, developing gels which mimic injection site anatomies under ultrasound and combine these gels to optimise model effectiveness.

Main duties and responsibilities

Responsibilities and duties for this role are many and varied and will require someone with the ability to determine their own priorities (with supervision) and explore opportunities throughout the project.

You will need to have the ability to work across scientific disciplines and address several core challenges, such as the modelling of materials to resemble human tissue on ultrasound screens whilst ensuring ultrasound images should clearly show different anatomical strata – muscle, blood vessels, nerves, bone. Models developed must support BETAR’s training and manufacturing ambitions, so cost, durability, and reliability are key aspects of model development.

You will be required to research & test polymer gels to represent human anatomies in ultrasound, manufacture moulds for experimental testing and developing an understanding of ultrasound technologies – using these to test materials and approaches to mimicking anatomies.

You will also collect, analyse, and interpret data using Machine Learning approaches, build and test prototype models and optimise fabrication techniques for commercial manufacture.

In addition, externally, you will need to collaborate with varied stakeholders (academic, commercial, clinical) identifying user requirements. Internal knowledge transfer will take place, led by the candidate, to embed knowledge into BETAR’s capabilities.

Skills and experience

This role requires practical experience of conducting and designing experimental research plans, as well as excellent data analysis skills.

You will have experience in a range of subject areas, including 3D printing and other rapid prototyping fabrication techniques, use of Computer Aided Design for manufacture, ultrasound diagnostic and/or imaging techniques, and/or working in a laboratory setting preparing tests (with harmful substances).

Please view the job description, the person specification and the Annex for a full list of the duties and essential criteria.


Minimum of 2nd class undergraduate degree (BSc/BEng) in Engineering or relevant scientific or creative discipline (or equivalent qualification).

MSc in Engineering or relevant scientific discipline, or equivalent (or higher) postgraduate qualification is desirable.

Experimental PhD or equivalent industrial experience would be preferential.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Contact Mike Drummond (Business Development Manager) [email protected] or Nadia Sheikh (Business Development Officer) [email protected]  (for general enquiries) or Hongwei Wu  [email protected] (for technical enquiries)

Closing Date: 08 December 2021

Interview Date: To be advised

Reference Number: 037735

Date advert placed: 23 November 2021

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