Post TitleResearch Software Engineer
Department/DivisionBiostatistics & Health Informatics
FacultyInstitute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
CampusDenmark Hill
Grade/salaryGrade 7, £45,259 per annum inclusive London Weighting Allowance per annum
Hours of workFull Time
Period of appointmentFixed-term contract for (12 months)
Responsible toProfessor Richard Dobson
Placed On14 May 2019
Closes13 June 2019
Job RefR7/1088/19-NR

Role Purpose

  • Work on development, improvement, testing, deployment and maintenance of a new scalable platform for information extraction and retrieval from NHS electronic health record systems. See:
  • Integrate modern search engine technologies (e.g. Elastic Search) with structured data and annotations derived with NLP methods.
  • Assist with developing methods for harmonization and curation of health data from diverse data sources using establish open source solutions and standards.
  • Stay up-to-date with the new methodologies, data processing and search technologies, and explore their application improving the CogStack Platform
  • Work with stakeholders to link third party data sources with the platform.
  • Work within the software development team and closely collaborate with the NLP and data analysis teams
  • Participate in agile practices to improve the quality and efficiency of software development within the team.
  • Contribute to the documentation, knowledge base and best practices on the usage of the developed platform.
  • Contribute to an InnovateUK funded project ‘AVERT – AI-based Virtual Environment for Risk Tracking in mental health’ with industry partner AIMES (, a health-based cloud services provider
  • To contribute to the overall scientific endeavour of the Dept of Biostats and Health Informatics and be embedded with the Precision Health Informatics data lab (

Role Profile

Communication & Networking:

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team of bioinformaticians, biostatisticians, clinicians, scientists and support staff within the BRC-MH 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 project.
  • The post holder will be responsible for day-to-day decisions in carrying out this project and will be expected to liaise with line managers Dr Roberts & Dr Folarin consult major decisions with Professor Dobson.

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.

Team Work, Teaching & Learning Support:

  • The post holder will be expected to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team based in the SGDP Department, to participate in team meetings, and to keep records of all meetings as required.
  • Post holder will be expected to 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.