Research Fellow PEPPER Project

Oxford Brookes University - Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

2 Posts

The purpose of the PEPPER project is to develop a personalised decision support system for type 1 diabetes management that will make predictions based on real-time data in order to empower individuals to improve self-management. The research will also examine the extent to which human behavioural factors and usability issues have previously hindered the wider adoption of personal guidance systems for chronic disease self-management.

Research will include gathering and processing of qualitative and quantitative usability data collected from patients and clinicians; evaluation of the usability engineering process for the project; presentation of results through appropriate visualisations. A key requirement for a project the size of PEPPER is effective coordination between partners, efficient communication with the European Commission and clear, proactive dissemination of project findings.

You will join an interdisciplinary team working on the EU PEPPER project: Patient Empowerment through Predictive PERsonalised decision support. 

You will be responsible for:

  • Working closely with the Head of the Research Group and others on specific research and management duties relating to the PEPPER project
  • Researching and designing a usability engineering process that adheres to international standards and can be conducted independently in each country to meet the requirements
  • Conducting research into data visualizations of healthcare data that are appropriate for both web-based interfaces and handheld devices
  • Monitoring progress and achievement of project plans, ensuring milestones are met and project deliverables are submitted at a suitable level of quality, within timeframes and available resources.
  • Supporting the project coordinator in the overall coordination of the project, including activities such as gathering and writing reports, participating in reviews, representing the research group at international meetings, and liaising with the other partners as necessary
  • Preparing reports and/or peer-reviewed publications as appropriate and make presentations at a variety of meetings both in the University and externally
  • Writing proposals jointly and collaboratively for research grant submissions and identify sources of funding

You should have:

  • A PhD (or PhD close to completion) in computer science or a discipline related to diabetes technology
  • Experience of dissemination of research findings through high quality publications and/or conference presentations
  • Experience of interdisciplinary research or project management are desirable.

We have 2 posts available for Research Fellows in computer science (1.5 posts).The posts are available from 1st May 2018, for 14 months . The time commitment for each post is negotiable, between 0.5 FTE and full-time. If part-time, there will also be the opportunity of additional employment as a departmental teaching assistant.

Starting salary £30,688, rising annually to £33,518 pro rata.

For candidates without the required qualification level for the post of Research Fellow we will consider an appointment of Postgraduate Research Assistant, with a salary of £23,557, rising annually to £25,728 pro rata.

For an informal discussion and further information, please contact Dr Clare Martin (Email:; Tel: +44 (0) 1865 484543 Mob: +44 (0) 78 84043712)

International applicants from outside the EU will need to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK.

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