Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Co-Design of Smart Home Systems for Health

Bristol, United Kingdom
28 Jun 2018
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26 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Based in the internationally recognized Bristol Interaction Group and Digital Health Engineering research team at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting opportunity to join the EPSRC SPHERE project to lead co-design activities of a smarthome IoT system with people with chronic conditions and their clinicians.

Using the SPHERE system as a toolkit and collaborating with data visualisation researchers on the SPHERE project, bespoke systems will be co-designed with stakeholders and deployed in the wild.  This post will employ ethnographic, participatory, and ‘in the wild’ evaluation approaches to get closer to understanding what it would be like for people with chronic conditions and clinicians to capture, monitor, and use visualisations of health data from the home. Beyond the development and user testing of these bespoke clinic/home systems, this work will also contribute new knowledge to the growing body of literature in the human-computer interaction and medical informatics domain on co-design and evaluations of healthcare technologies in the home.

This post will involve research responsibilities as part of the SPHERE team, and the post holder will have the responsibility of leading the co-design activity. Research studies will be designed, planned, recruited for and executed by the researcher. This post requires close collaboration with a data visualisation researcher to reduce the dimensionality of the SPHERE data in an appropriate way that supports decision-making and permits inquiry by people with chronic conditions and clinicians. In the co-design of these bespoke systems, data collected in video and audio form will be systematically analysed using methods such as Interaction Analysis and thematic analysis. Other data collection methods and approaches might also be used, such as grounded theory and observations in the field. The results of these studies will be written up and submitted to top tier HCI and digital health publication venues.

You will have experience with participatory design and co-design of interactive systems, and a PhD in in design, human-computer interaction, digital anthropology, or medical anthropology (or closely related discipline). You will have experience designing, running, and writing up qualitative research studies and have excellent pubic engagement and people skills.

This post is offered on a full time, open-ended contract with funding for up to 3 years, starting 1 October 2018.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place on/around: 24th August 2018

Informal enquiries can be made to:  Aisling O’Kane by email

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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