Research Associate in Design

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
10 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Arts, Design & Social Sciences

Research Associate in Design - Ref ADS17/42
Full Time, Fixed Term until 31.03.2021

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Salary:    6.1 (£34,520)

Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focussed, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, and with a campus in the heart of London’s financial district, Northumbria University is located in the UK’s best two cities for students. At Northumbria we are global in our scope and reach, with operations in London, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore, and we remain the largest English provider in Hong Kong. The University continues its strong commitment to internationalism, including its valuable and long-standing links with Europe.

We are seeking an experienced Interaction Designer and Researcher to join a new EPSRC-funded project investigating the trusted sharing of personal health data for living well with HIV, and the design and evaluation of new supportive tools and services.

INTUIT is a 30-month design research project, commencing in October 2018, which aims to identify and address fundamental Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security concerns that people living with HIV have about sharing personal data about their health and lifestyle that they collect themselves. This pioneering and highly interdisciplinary project will investigate how patient-generated data can be shared safely across multiple contexts: between patients and clinicians; between those who live with HIV in the peer community; and with organisations, including businesses. By developing and evaluating prototype data-sharing tools, INTUIT will explore how to prevent the exclusion of people living with HIV from the benefits of digital communities, while at the same time informing healthcare innovation strategies for trusted and secure sharing. In the context of the UK’s ageing population, the research has the potential to inform population health for living and ageing well with long term conditions.

The project forms a collaborative partnership between: Northumbria University and University College London, City, University of London, University of Bristol and University of Edinburgh; and Terrence Higgins Trust, Public Health England, National Aids Trust, Microsoft Research Ltd, Central and North West London NHS Trust, Yoti Ltd, INTEROPen, and UK-CAB – a leading HIV advocacy group, plus a number of academic clinicians who will sit on an advisory board.
Description of Duties | The successful applicant will take a leading role in conducting real-world research with study participants to inform an inclusive, human-centred design process of developing and iteratively testing prototype technologies and services. Resultant designs and research outputs will inform new strategic directions for healthcare technology innovation.

‘Research through design’ studies will be carried out in collaboration with web developers using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) architecture (a standard for programming and describing electronic health records), plus researchers on the team with expertise in HIV Medicine, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Social Psychology, Applied Ethics, and Computer Science. The post also involves Communication Design and Web Design.

Qualifications | The applicant must have a PhD (or be close to completing doctoral studies) in Interaction Design or a related Design discipline, or have equivalent professional experience in (e.g. Communication Design or User Experience (UX)).  A Bachelors and/or Masters’ degree in Design, or a related discipline, is desirable.

Skills and Experience | The applicant must be imaginative and able to support design development from concept to high-fidelity prototyping and evaluation. Required technical skills include illustration and graphic design, interface design and web programming, photography, motion graphics/ animation and video production. Desirable skills include 3D prototyping.
Strong communication skills, plus experience and interest to work in interdisciplinary teams is essential. The role also requires prior design research experience and an understanding of conducting field studies and of qualitative data collection and analysis. INTUIT may involve working with potentially vulnerable or hard-to-reach research participants, so applicants must demonstrate a sensitivity to this working context and to ethical practice.

It is expected that the applicant will have a portfolio of exemplary design projects that demonstrate a keen interest in advancing research-through-design practice. Applications should demonstrate a track record of publishing at leading venues in Design or a related field.

Other Requirements | The applicant must be able to occasionally spend time away visiting project partners for project meetings, running user studies, and attending national and international conferences.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Abigail Durrant:

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Please submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article. Alongside this please complete the attached Equal Opportunities/Personal details form (found at the bottom of this page).

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze) award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Closing Date:  13th August 2018
Selection Date: 5th September 2018