Post TitleResearch Fellow in Data Science (mHealth)
Department/DivisionBiostatistics & Health Informatics/Psychology & Systems Sciences
FacultyIoPPN, Maudsley BRC
CampusDenmark Hill
Grade/salaryGrade 7, £45,259 inclusive London Weighting Allowance per annum
Hours of workFull Time
Period of appointment2 year fixed term contract
Responsible toProfessor Richard Dobson
Placed On1 May 2019
Closes2 June 2019
Job RefR7/1009/19-NR

Role Purpose

  • To work within the Precision Health Informatics (phidatalab.org) group, part of the Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI) and Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), working on the analysis of passive (e.g. sleep, heart rate, activity) and active (e.g. questionnaires) data streams derived from smartphones and wearables within our mHealth theme for mental health disorders. Key projects include a large €25m EU project, for Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse (RADAR-CNS.org) of approximately 1500 participants. See https://www.radar-cns.org/
  • Identify and apply appropriate methods, such as signal processing and deep learning and collaborate with the relevant clinical teams and BRC themes to e.g. identify signal predictors of relapse, treatment response and detect anomalies at both individual and populational level. Novel method development is encouraged where required.

Role Profile

Key Objectives:

  • Plan analyses for passive and active time series data streams coming from participants in the three disorder areas (MS, epilepsy and major depression) as part of the RADAR-CNS project.
  • Work with the platform development team to assist with the data collection, processing and validation.
  • Selecting features, building and optimizing classifiers using machine learning techniques.
  • Assist in evaluation and benchmarking of reference set of wearable devices, phone sensors and apps to measure core data classes (e.g. Sleep architecture, Physical Activity, Speech, Cognition, Social Connectivity, Memory).
  • Work more generally across the portfolio of projects within the BRC mHealth theme supporting analytics.

Communication & Networking:

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team of data scientists, bioinformaticians, biostatisticians, clinicians, scientists and support staff within the Maudsley BRC and the collaboration as well as other related organizations and develop good working relationships.
  • Communicate complex information both orally and in writing.

Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving:

  • Participation in the strategic planning of the projects.
  • The post holder will be responsible for day-to-day decisions in carrying out this project and will be expected to consult line manager when making major decisions.

Analysis & Research:

  • Contribute to the development of research strategies.
  • Develop and implement computationally efficient algorithms to solve a variety of problems in the management of clinical data.
  • Publish in high impact publications.
  • Contribute to grant writing.

Teamwork, Teaching & Learning Support:

  • The post holder will be expected to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team based in the Department of Biostats and Health Informatics, to participate in team meetings, and to keep records of all meetings as required.
  • Post holder will be expected have a strong desire to learn new technologies and skills and will be supported in doing so.

Sensory/Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • Balance the competing pressures of research and deadlines.
  • Be aware of health and safety in the work environment.
  • All staff members must strictly follow the College’s Health & Safety regulations.