Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1

£34223.33 - £39561.85 per annum
03 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 within UCD School of Computer Science

Seeking help is often the key first step in addressing a mental health difficulty. Evidence suggests that positive help-seeking experiences contribute to an increased likelihood of future help-seeking and improved health outcomes. However, help-seeking is a complex and personal process. Alongside traditional sources, digital technologies offer many pathways to help. Research suggests that people have distinct preferences when seeking help online. For some, independence, self-reliance and appropriate information are key. For others relatedness and a personal connection with another person is vital. Previous research has identified four initial design considerations for technologies that can support improved help-seeking experiences: connectedness, accessible information, personalisation, and immediacy. Building on these findings, the objective of this project is to develop the theoretical foundations and provide empirical evidence to guide the design of personalised help-seeking tools.

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.

The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

Key duties and deliverables are as follows:

  • apply mixed methods approach to developed a more detailed understanding of the user requirements of online help-seeking in the context of mental health difficulties.
  • apply co-design methods, collaborating directly with young people aged 18-25, to develop prototypes for online help-seeking tools.
  • investigate how existing theories of help-seeking can be integrated with theories of Information Science.

The outcomes will include:

  • delivery of a framework to guide the design of mental health help-seeking technologies. This framework will be theoretically grounded.
  • provide empirical evidence on the impact of different manifestations of agent based personalised services and how best to balance personal autonomy and agent based recommendations.

Salary range: €37,874 - €43,782 per annum
Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 10th September 2020.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

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