Research Assistant \ Associate in Digital Diagnostics

Job summary

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate in Digital Diagnostics to contribute software development and data analysis to a variety of research projects, for example designing and building smartphone applications for integration with the visual read-out tests for diagnosis of infectious (e.g. COVID-19) and non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer and cardiovascular disease). The ideal candidate would have a background in...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01416
  • Date posted 14 October 2020
  • Closing date 13 November 2020

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate in Digital Diagnostics to contribute software development and data analysis to a variety of research projects, for example designing and building smartphone applications for integration with the visual read-out tests for diagnosis of infectious (e.g. COVID-19) and non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer and cardiovascular disease). The ideal candidate would have a background in data science related to healthcare with software/app development experience and knowledge of command-based statistical software. The post-holder will be active within a vibrant and multidisciplinary environment comprising multiple projects. This post will liaise closely with researchers trained in a wide array of faculties, including nanomaterials, engineering, as well as biology (with focus on diagnostics and digital application translation).

The Research Associate in Digital Diagnostics will contribute to digital translation and data analytics and visualisation projects. In the first instance, the post-holder will develop smartphone applications compatible with the visual diagnostic tests developed in the group.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Research:

  • Contribute to digital translation projects in the group.
  • Design and build smartphone applications compatible with the visual diagnostic tests developed in the group.
  • Support research projects with statistical analysis of experimental data.
  • Develop and implement data analytics solutions for projects generating large datasets.
  • Produce effective data visualisations.
  • Participate in the daily management of the group laboratories and facilities.
  • To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations, and the web.
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.
  • To collaborate with industrial partners.
  • To take initiatives in the planning of research.
  • To develop any required skills and knowledge.
  • To identify and develop suitable techniques and apparatus for the collection and analysis of data.
  • To conduct data analysis.
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

Qualifications

  • A first degree (or equivalent) or a Masters (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or Engineering or similar.
  • A PhD (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering or similar.

Experience

  • Experience in data science preferably related to epidemiology, health records, genetics, molecular biology, or related disciplines.
  • Strong background in programming with preference for open-source languages.
  • Experience in Android app development (e.g. Python, Java and/or Kotlin).
  • Experience in iOS app development (e.g. Swift, Objective-C).
  • Experience in full-stack app development.
  • Experience in developing applications with image analysis interfaces.
  • Experience in version control solutions (e.g. GitLab, GitHub).
  • Experience in data visualization.
  • Experience in writing papers including a number of first-authored papers in well-respected journals.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of diagnostics technologies and public health strategies.
  • Good understanding of cyber security for data protection purposes.
  • Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrable ability for innovation and original research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature.
  • A creative approach to problem-solving

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

Further information can be obtained from Professor Molly Stevens, m.stevens@imperial.ac.uk

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Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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