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Research Assistant/Associate in Interaction Design (for Participatory Digital Health)

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th February 2024
Closes: 6th March 2024
Job Ref: 26659

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The role
This is a full-time, fixed-term for 18 months post which provides an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate, with creative Interaction Design skills and an interest in developing participatory and collaborative research practice, to join our new EPSRC-funded Northern Health Futures (NortHFutures) Hub, which launched in November 2023.

You will be based in Open Lab, a leading interdisciplinary Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research group at Newcastle University, based in our Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle Helix. You will benefit from working with NortHFutures investigators based in Open Lab, Data Science colleagues in the School of Computing, colleagues in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, and with community and stakeholder representatives at partnering organisations. This includes experts in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) and collaborators in health and care and in healthcare technologies design and innovation.

For the NortHFutures hub, you will adopt a case-study approach to explore the design, development and evaluation of prototype user interfaces for such data environments, delivering design-led research evidence that addresses digital inclusion, and contributing to strategic ideation and development of digital inclusion relating to health and care technologies and services for the NENC region and beyond.

Alongside this work, you will help to conceptualise and explore novel user scenarios for data-rich health and care which draw on multiple data sources, including health-care records and sensor-based systems for wearable and mobile health monitoring.

Please reach out to Abigail Durrant, Professor of Interaction Design at Abigail.Durrant@newcastle.ac.uk, to discuss this opportunity.

To apply, please complete an online application and upload a copy of your CV and a letter of application that should evidence how you meet the essential requirements for the role.

As an EPSRC funded role, the successful applicant may be eligible for the Endorsed Funder Route of the Global Talent Visa. We can provide an interest free loan scheme to support applicants who need to apply for a visa.

We would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.

We follow the Researcher Development Concordat. We enable all staff to fulfil their research potential regardless of career stage. This commitment secures our thriving research culture and vibrant research environment. Our offer to each individual and their researcher development involves: mentoring, annual research planning discussions, pooled research funding to support career development and research activities, peer review support for the development of research and innovation funding applications.

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