Post Doctoral Researcher in the application of Digital Technology
King’s College London
We are looking for an experienced Post Doctoral Researcher in the application of Digital Technology to Mental Health.
In the digital era we generate more data every 2 days than we did in the time up until 2003. This big data is being used by advertising, media, retail, finance and travel with medicine and healthcare lagging behind. The data held in electronic patient records and generated through modern digital devices are examples of the big biomedical data that we could use to develop more targeted treatment strategies. So, the challenge in e- and m- health is no longer data generation, the problem has shifted to data handling and the separation of signal from the noise to produce clear indicators of whether a clinical intervention is necessary. This is especially an issue in mental health as we work with less clear signals.
The exciting opportunity is now to use new technology to support more sophisticated models which might detect signals early enough to provide opportunities for effective interventions that keep people well.
This post will be based in our established BRC informatics group and work with the Patient and Carer Theme to develop shared informatics tools and infrastructure to enable data harmonization and analytics for use in discovering the personal signatures for needs for care using machine learning for example.
The role will contribute to the growing initiatives within the BRC clinical informatics, bioinformatics and biostatistics groups (https://phidatalab.org) whose others areas of focus include integrating genomics with electronic hospital patient records and cloud based patient owned records such as MyHealthLocker.
The post-holder will have an established track record in programming on the Linux OS, and will ideally also have quantitative research skills and/or previous experience of working with digital health data although this is not essential.
The post is funded for 18 months and the salary is grade 6 on King’s salary scale, currently £31,644 -£37,756 plus London allowance of £2323 per annum.
To apply, please go to www.kcl.ac.uk/jobs.