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Research Assistant/Associate

Requisition ID:  20283

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  30-May-2022


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Research Assistant: £28,756 - £30,497 per annum

Research Associate: £30,497 per annum


Closing Date: 28 June 2022


The Role


This is an exciting opportunity for an early career scientist who is interested in human movement, wearable technology and digital outcomes. You will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary group who has an established international reputation in gait analysis and wearable technology analytics. 


The project funded through multiple project grants (e.g. ActivDem, D&FP, Staying UpRight, Cure Parkinson’s Trust, etc.) is aiming to look at the use of wearable technology in laboratory and real-world settings to quantify digital mobility outcomes in order to: identify disease (e.g. D&FP), detect clinically relevant changes (ActivDem) and potential disease modifying effects (Cure Parkinson’s Trust), and predict intervention and/or treatment responses. Working within the Brain and Movement (BAM) Research Group with Professor Lynn Rochester, Dr Alison Yarnall, Dr Silvia Del Din and Dr Ríona McArdle, based in the Translational and Clinical Research Institute, you will focus on the application of wearable technology to measure digital mobility outcomes in a range of patient cohorts.

You will involve regularly training and supporting staff to use wearable technology throughout the studies, liaising with staff across multiple sites for data transfer and any technical support, processing wearable sensor data pertaining to gait and activity, managing complex datasets and collaborate with researchers in partner institutions (e.g. Sussex and Brighton Medical School, University College London) to publish and present key findings from the projects. 


You will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biomedical Science, Movement Science or related field (a PhD is essential for the Research Associate position), experience working with wearable sensor data and digital outcomes; proficient and independent signal processing, statistical and computational skills, and ability to work independently and as part of a team.


For more information on the Brain and Movement Research Team visit here.  

For more information on CARU visit here.


For more information on the Translational and Clinical Research Institute visit here.


As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

This is a Full Time post fixed term for 18 months 


Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr Silvia Del Din ( and/or Dr Ríona Mc Ardle (


Key Accountabilities
•    Although working under the general guidance of an academic or Principal Investigator, the postholder will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of their studies, thus providing substantial 'added value' 
•    Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the personal requirements 
•    Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support where required
•    Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding 
•    Begin to write, with appropriate support, proposals for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids
•    Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
•    Contribute to the writing up of their research for publication and dissemination, either through seminar and conference presentations or through publications
•    Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline
•    May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants 
•    Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute
•    May contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities
•    Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
•    Detailed subject knowledge (PI to describe subject knowledge required) in the area of research 
•    Likelihood of advanced skills directly related to the research projects 
•    High level of analytical and problem-solving capability 
•    Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others 
•    Experience of research with clear transferable skills and some experience or awareness of the research environment 
•    Presentations at conferences and/or high-quality publications 
•    Expertise working with wearable sensor data and analysis
•    Experience with movement analysis and signal processing (especially as applied to locomotion/ gait)
•    Expertise in developing novel algorithms, but also understanding, optimising and applying developed algorithms for extraction of digital mobility outcomes (e.g. gait outcomes)
•    Very good knowledge of and experience using Matlab or equivalent programming languages (e.g. Octave, Python, etc.)
•    Database and project management skills
•    Knowledge of statistical techniques

•    Knowledge of machine learning techniques
•    Good information technology and computing skills and experience with cloud computing platforms
•    Experience working with older adults and/or patient groups
•    Understanding of neurodegenerative conditions, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease. 

Attributes and Behaviour
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a team
•    Capacity for original thought



•    Good honours degree (or equivalent) with some subject knowledge in Biomedical Engineering, Movement Science or related field (Research Assistant)
•    A PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Movement Science or related field (Research Associate) 


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.


Requisition ID: 20283