Graduate Research Associate, SMARTLINE Project

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School UEMS

This part time 0.5 FTE post is available immediately until 28 February 2020.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality.

The Smartline project is a research and innovation project aimed at supporting the growth of the eHealth and eWellbeing small and medium enterprise SME sector in Cornwall through the identification and support for products, processes and services that will improved the health and wellbeing of social housing tenants and build the cohesion of their communities. This is a partnership project involving the University of Exeter, Coastline Housing, Volunteer Cornwall and Cornwall Council.

Smartline is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds, and as such, business support and engagement is fundamental to the delivery of the project and a key aspect of all posts within it.

Based at the internationally regarded, European Centre for Environment and Human Health in UEMS, this post will examine issues around health and wellbeing in 3 identified communities support the overarching aims of the Smartline project with respect to health and wellbeing.

The Graduate Research Associate will: 

  • Work with households in Cornwall to understand the impact of their home environment and personal mobility on individual respiratory health.
  • Use sensor-based technology including indoor air pollution monitors, temperature monitors, etc, and wearable fitness devices to understand the indoor home environment.
  • Using high tech sensors build the evidence base on the impact of the indoor home environment on health.
  • Linking the data obtained from the sensors to household health data obtained via surveys.
  • Analysis of the linked quantitative data to understand the impact of the home environment and personal mobility on individual respiratory health.
  • Supporting and analysing the social innovation outcomes of the Smartline projectThe successful candidate will use mixed methods for analysis of health or wellbeing data. An undergraduate degree is essential, and preferably an MSC or MA in a quantitative social science. Experience of working in communities and with SMEs, and a track record in the exploitation of research to create social impact is desirable. You will join a multidisciplinary team based at the University of Exeter Truro Campus Cornwall .

You may also wish to consult our web site at for further details of the European Centre of Environment and Human Health.

Before submitting an application you may wish to arrange an informal discussion. Please contact Dr Karyn Morrisey or Dr Tim Taylor or

The appointee will be supervised by Dr Karyn Morrissey Population health and Dr Richard Sharpe Epidemiology, Public Health , with oversight from Dr Tim Taylor SMARTLINE Principal Investigator , and work collaboratively with other investigators on the project.

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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