Senior Research Software Engineer / Senior Research Fellow in Database Management Systems for Prosthetics Services in Lower-Middle Income Countries

Bioengineering Science Research Group, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Southampton

Location: Southampton Science Park, Chilworth, and University of Southampton
Salary: 39,992 per annum, Full Time Fixed Term for 30 months
Closing Date: Saturday 7th April 2018
Reference: 981618BX
Target Start Date: As Soon As Possible

This is a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge Computer Science research and implement your findings with expert Prosthetist-Orthotist clinicians in Cambodia, with direct benefits to people with limb loss and other major disabilities.

Join an exciting interdisciplinary research team led by Dr Alex Dickinson and Dr Gary Wills at the University of Southampton working on Mobile Distributed Database and Web Technologies to enable community-based prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) services in Lower and Middle Income Countries. This role will include development of an eventually-consistent distributed database and web application for storing patient records in mobile/distributed environments of lower power portable micro-servers (i.e. BluPoint hubs). The purpose of this development is to prove a model for supporting improved mobile patient care for people with limb loss and other disabilities, with a view to this model being implemented to drive significant social impact for patients and their families globally.

This new Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project will be run by a team in the Faculties of Engineering & the Environment, and Electronics & Computer Science at the University of Southampton, one of the UKs most dynamic centres for engineering and environmental research and education, in close partnership with company partner BluPoint Ltd., at the University of Southampton Science Park (Chilworth), under Dr Tristan Aubrey-Jones. The researcher will primarily be based at Chilworth, with one day per week on the Highfield Campus, and collaborate with overseas translation partner National Institute of Social Affairs, Cambodia, and NGO Exceed Worldwide.

You will join a team of computer scientists, biomedical engineers, prosthetists, physiotherapists, healthcare psychologists and social scientists, who have spent three years establishing the project. You will also be part of a ground-breaking development team at BluPoint, working on applied research that aims to transform the provision of P&O services in the developing world, where there are great needs for such services but particular barriers of access, training and infrastructure. You will have the unusual opportunity to undertake aspects of your research work on-site in city and provincial communities in Cambodia, and potentially other nearby countries, including extended field testing visits.

To be successful you will need the experience listed in the Job Description / Person Specification documents at this page.

You will join a leading Engineering Faculty with an excellent record of collaborative research with industry and academic institutions in the UK and abroad. In September 2016 an Athena SWAN Bronze award was received in recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science and engineering.

Candidates with equivalent Professional Experience instead of PhD qualification will be given the title of Senior Research Software Engineer.

For further information, please contact Dr Alex Dickinson, at alex.dickinson(at)

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Matt Saxby (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3462. Please quote reference 981618BX on all correspondence.