Post-doctoral Researcher

Birkbeck, University of London - Computer Science and Information Systems

Purpose and Main Duties
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is seeking to appoint one full-time and one part-time post-doctoral researchers on an externally funded interdisciplinary project to develop a scalable computational Data Science Toolbox for the high-frequency assessment of Parkinson’s Disease. The goal of this project is to design, develop and validate a comprehensive PD data science toolkit for the analysis of motor performance data relating to tremor, slowness of movement and gait, collected from wearables and smartphones using their built-in sensors. The toolkit will be released as open source under a permissive license, aiming to foster an active user and developer community, with the potential to provide the foundation for the development of a complete Parkinson’s software ecosystem. Its long-term aim is to provide PD clinicians with the tools needed to individually tailor treatment plans and to empower patients to become more involved in their own care.

Candidate Requirements
You will have a BSc or equivalent in Computer Science, with an MSc or PhD in computing or a related field desirable. Experience in one or more of the following areas would also be desirable: python for Data Science, machine learning, data analytics, applied statistics or signal processing. Experience in interdisciplinary projects, especially in healthcare, is beneficial but not essential.

About the Department
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Further Information

Salary: Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £37,169 rising to £42,483 (pro rata for the part time role) per annum.

This post is offered on both a full time (35 hours per week, 1 FTE) and part-time (15.5 hours per week, 0.44 FTE) basis, both fixed term for 1 year. The salary quoted above (will be pro-rata for the part time post) and is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 12 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 22 January 2018.

Interviews will be held on the week commencing 29 January 2018.

For further information on this opportunity contact George Roussos, Professor of Pervasive Computing at [email:]. A link to the PDF document containing the job description and person specification can be found on the university's website, accessed by pressing the apply button below.

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and membership of WISE, operating the Disability Confident and Mindful Employer schemes, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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