Job Opportunity: Research Assistant in Sensors for application in Forensic Science

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Fixed Term 2 years

The School of Science and Engineering has an international reputation for excellent teaching and topical research, particularly in addressing global challenges in energy, the environment, health care, technology, forensic science and infrastructure.

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science is a 10 year £10 Million project with the remit to disrupt positively the current forensic science ecosystem. We are seeking an experienced researcher within the area of sensor and detector development to address some the current challenges in the field of forensic science. As a key appointment in the £10m Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science you will help to reinforce the scientific validity of evidence in the courtroom.

The project will address some of the current questions regarding the detection of chemical and biological trace materials (including explosives, drug residues, fingerprint residues, body fluids and others). The main specific focus of this position is on development of triaging systems using spectroscopic and/or other detection mehtods for use within indoor and outdoor spaces. You will require a background in chemistry, physics, engineering or materials science and an in-depth knowledge of existing spectroscopic and detection techiniques.

Your priorities will include:

  • Define research objectives and questions
  • Conduct collaborative research, including determining appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods and contributing to the development of innovative and exciting research ideas
  • Disseminate results and methodologies as appropriate by, for example, peer reviewed journal publications and presentation at conferences
  • Communicate scientific knowledge and data effectively to non-expert audiences
  • Work with a wide variety of end users ad stakeholders to promote the research agenda

Who we’re looking for:

  • Educated to PhD level or relevant industry experience and track record
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of spectroscopic and other detection techniques and thier adaption and application to the resolution of complex samples
  • Experience of working within and inter-disciplinary team
  • Experience of conducting research to high academic standards
  • Confident and engaging presenter

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

For further information about this position please contact Professor Niamh Nic Daeid at To find out more about the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science please visit

Closing Date: 27 February 2020.

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