Research Engineer position – Development of a polymer nanocomposite sensing platform to prevent the development of bedsores

1. Project

The research engineer position is part of the HIT (Handicap Innovation Territories) program and aims to create a sensing platform combining two types of polymer nanocomposites sensors : piezo-resistive sensors to map the distribution of pressure on the skin and chemo-resistive sensors to measure the emission of volatile biomarkers from wounds. Our goal is to increase the technological readiness level (TRL) of the present device (Fig. 1b) from 2 to 5 in three years in order to achieve a proof of concept in a representative environment such as that of Kerpape Functional Rehabilitation Centre looking after disabled patients which often have limited mobility and sensitivity, and are therefore very susceptible to develop pressure ulcers. New sensitive materials will be developed in the Smart Plastics group of the IRDL CNRS 6027 Lab at the University of South Brittany (UBS) based on novel functionalised carbon nanoarchitectures (Fig. 1a). Since 2004, the research group has promoted a culture of innovation that led to launch a start-up “SENSE in“ in 2018.

Expected profile

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher interested in the development of a diagnostic platform combining high-tech polymer nanocomposite sensors fabricated by additive manufacturing and flexible electronics made by printing to target medical applications that improve the quality of life of patients.

Engineers with a strong background in polymer science, physical chemistry, polymers for electronics, and data analysis are encouraged to apply. A will to develop solutions that helping patient is also looked for. Experience in the use of polymer characterization and processing techniques, as well as a motivation for device making would be also appreciated.

Contact Prof Jean-François FELLER :