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Research Assistant / Associate in Digital Health

Requisition ID:  1232

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  22-Nov-2019


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £32,817.00 

Closing Date: 2 January 2020


The Role

You will have a unique role integrating learnings from multiple ongoing projects to support the development of the growing digital health and wellbeing cluster of activities at the School of Computing, highlighting positive computing and sustainable patterns of engagement. You will be part of a highly interdisciplinary and innovative group in Open Lab, contributing to the larger digital civics agenda that emphasises the role of people from diverse backgrounds in shaping technology development and use.


In your role, you will build on integrated outcomes to explore infrastructuring research around democratising digital health, with considerable room for developing your own specific research objectives. This will include engaging and collaborating with other researchers who work on projects covering health and wellbeing technology development and evaluations, as well as supporting the shaping of research proposals.


The position is limited to 1 year with excellent opportunities for follow-up.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Key Accountabilities

  • Work with digital health academic (Dr. Jan Smeddinck) at the School of Computing on the participatory design, implementation and evaluation of technologies for democratising digital health
  • Contribute to (and co-lead) design activities and sensitive, embedded software deployments or prototype evaluations with research participants
  • Contribute to the data collection, as well as to the quantitative and qualitative analysis of user studies with research collaborators
  • Explore novel interaction patterns around multimodal data analytics in health & wellbeing applications, including chronic fatigue, diets/nutrition and more
  • Contribute to the day-to-day supervision of undergraduate and masters students in the School of Computing, as well as (co-)advising postgraduate research students undertaking projects related to digital health and wellbeing
  • Support the development (and shaping) of research proposals
  • Play a leading role in the dissemination of research results, including academic and industry facing publications
  • Contribute to the organisation and delivery of research, engagement and recruitment events run by Open Lab (http://openlab.ncl.ac.uk) and the School of Computing Science (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing)


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience in digital health and/or wellbeing technology (interaction) research and development
  • Demonstrable knowledge of experience-centred design of digital technologies
  • Demonstrable knowledge of qualitative and quantitative evaluation skills
  • Experience in working in interdisciplinary environments
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Team working and time management skills
  • Track record of publication(s) at internationally leading venues
  • Hands-on experience with participatory design and digital technology research in sensitive environments (e.g., medical, older age, end of life) [Desirable]
  • Strong understanding of data analytics and/or machine learning algorithms and methods [Desirable]
  • Interpersonal skills and demonstrable experience of communicating complex information with clarity and to encourage commitment of others [Desirable]
  • Practical expertise with modern web technologies (e.g. HTML5, JavaScript, AWS) [Desirable]


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work on own initiative and prioritise tasks
  • Ability to work independently, and flexibly as part of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to manage (parts of) projects and research team leadership [Desirable]



  • PhD or equivalent in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, or related field (awarded or close to submission)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 1232