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Research Fellow in Automation of Textile Instrument

Are you a researcher with experience in software development for automation of instrument looking to develop your career in an academic environment? Would you like to be part of a team working on a project to develop an intelligent instrument that can help digitisation of fabric properties and digital communication of fabric tactile and aesthetic properties?

When shopping online, you probably would like to know how the garments would feel like. However, communication of fabric qualities such as touch feel and garment drape around our bodies are far from we expect, this is even more of a problem when you buy clothes and textile products online because you do not have chance to touch and feel the fabric materials.

You will work closely with our industry partner as a member of the multidisciplinary Future Fashion Factory team in the University of Leeds, on a project funded by the UK Government to develop an instrument that can help communicate fabric tactile and aesthetic properties. With the help of academics across School of Design and School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering as well as our industrial partner, you will help re-shape our new instrument and develop it into an intelligent system by combining software development, automation, computation, sensing and artificial intelligence.

You will have a Master or PhD or be close to completion of those degrees in electronic and electric engineering, automation, software, computer science or a related field.

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

Dr Ningtao Mao (School of Design)

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3792, email:

Dr He Wang (School of Computing)

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5767, email:

Dr Zhiqiang Zhang (School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering)


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:  School of Design
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Grade and salary will be based on your qualifications. It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £38,460 p.a. due to funding limitations.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 12 months)
Release Date:  Friday 26 July 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 25 August 2019
Reference:  AHCDE1074
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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