Research Associate (maternity leave)

Job summary

We seek a Research Associate (maternity cover) based in the department of infectious disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health Imperial College, London. The post holder will work on the ‘People Like You study; a Wellcome Trust funded project aiming to establish the cultural significance of new methods for specifying and portraying people precisely across a range of settings: health care and data science (in the Academic Health...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED00793
  • Date posted 10 October 2018
  • Closing date 28 October 2018

Job description

Job summary

We seek a Research Associate (maternity cover) based in the department of infectious disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health Imperial College, London.

The post holder will work on the ‘People Like You study; a Wellcome Trust funded project aiming to establish the cultural significance of new methods for specifying and portraying people precisely across a range of settings: health care and data science (in the Academic Health Science Centre, Imperial College London) and selected practices in digital culture. We will develop an interdisciplinary figural analysis in collaboration with three creative practitioners (poetry, portraiture and digital media) to put the ‘person’ back into personalisation and relate people to the data collected from them and on their behalf.

We aim to contribute to critical medical humanities by investigating an emergent culture of personalisation in the UK, associated concepts of the person and health. Stimulating debate on personalised medicine by showing how it can be understood more fully in relation to other personalising practices and how features shared across this broad field are consequential for our wellbeing. Collaboration is critical to our innovative figural approach, which we will apply to case studies of both top-down and open-ended practices of personalisation in medicine, data science and digital culture. With three creative consultants, we will also conduct practice-led research to produce additional insight into the role of participation in, and the sense made of, personalisation

Duties and responsibilities

The post holder will conduct research into data science at Imperial College Academic Health Sciences Centre, ideally combining an ethnographic approach with an understanding of the methods used in data science. This will inform a critical understanding of how biological and other data from individuals are aggregated, processed, analysed and reported in the process of creating new categories of ‘people like you’ to inform treatment and prediction. You will collaborate closely with the project team on personalisation in breast cancer services, HIV services and digital culture as well as public-facing elements of the project such as our website, events and meetings.

Essential requirements

Candidates will require a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. You will need knowledge of a range of research techniques in social and data science.

 

Further information

This post is full time and fixed term for 8 months and will be based at the St Mary’s Campus, Paddington. Imperial College is supportive of flexible working. The College is happy to discuss the possibility of implementing such arrangements for this post, with suitably qualified people, subject to operational requirements.

Should you have any queries please contact: Professor Helen Ward (h.ward@imperial.ac.uk) or Professor Sophie Day (s.day@imperial.ac.uk)

 

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