Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Data Analytics/Computational Modelling, SMARTLINE Project

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School UEMS

This 0.5 FTE post is available immediately until 31 August 2019. 

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. 

This post will query data from various sources built/natural environment and personal to build qualitative and quantitative models to support the overarching aims of the Smartline project with respect to health and wellbeing. 

You will: 

  • Analyse person data to identify shared needs from data collected during one to one guided interviews with individuals in social housing.
  • Model and analyse static and dynamic data collected from sensors in the built and natural environment.
  • Analyse social media data on needs in communities, for example trialling the use of Twitter data to assess the drivers of wellbeing and gaps in provision in three communities in Cornwall.
  • Work with small and medium enterprises, and communities in Cornwall to build the evidence base and support the development of products, processes and services to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Support and analyse the social innovation outcomes of the Smartline project.

You will have experience of methods for modelling and analysis of environmental, buildings, health and/or wellbeing data. A PhD in a quantitative discipline is essential, ideally in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Analytics or Statistics. 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 Penryn campus. You will be supervised by Dr Markus Mueller and Prof Stuart Townley, with oversight from Dr Tim Taylor Smartline Principal Investigator , and work collaboratively with other investigators on the project.

You may wish to look at and for further details of the European Centre of Environment and Human Health and the Environment and Sustainability Institute.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Markus Mueller, Prof Stuart Townley or Dr Tim Taylor or

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. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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