Research Associate in Web-based Infectious Disease Surveillance

University College London - UCL - Computer Science

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,056 to £41,163 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

A Research Associate position is available within UCL’s Computer Science Department. This position is part of an £11M (total investment £16M) EPSRC funded Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases. The purpose of this post is to investigate how to utilise the vast amounts of web-accessible information sources to actively monitor and map emerging infections in real-time, integrating with current surveillance practices, and how to utilize web-based dissemination mechanisms such as Twitter and Facebook for purposes on online non-pharmacological interventions.

The post-holder will be required to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team and will be responsible for tasks that include designing and implementing software to collect data for various sources on the web, e.g. Twitter, Facebook, designing experiments to analyze the data and compare the results to existing surveillance information, designing real-time visualization tools to display the information, designing and implementing databases to store information obtained from both the web and mobile sensor systems, and documenting and publishing the results This position is funded until 30 September 2018 in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, or will shortly be assessed for a PhD in Computer Science or related discipline and have knowledge of one or more of the following: web programming; databases; visualization tools. The candidate should also have experience in machine learning or big data analytics.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £29,809 - £31,432 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

UCL vacancy reference : 1586974.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. For further information, please contact Prof Ingemar J. Cox at .

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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