Research Fellow - orking on Mobile Distributed Database and Web Technologies

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 UK’s 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 split their time between both sites, 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 be part of a supportive environment, 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.

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.

Please contact Dr Alex Dickinson for further information, at

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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 965118BX on all correspondence.


We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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