University of Plymouth

Research Assistant in Digital Health and Clinical Artificial Intelligence

University of Plymouth

Plymouth, United Kingdom

Research Assistant in Digital Health and Clinical Artificial Intelligence

Faculty of Health
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Ref: A8610
Salary: £31,406 – £34,304 per annum – Grade 6

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the cutting-edge, interdisciplinary Centre for Health Technology (CHT). You will have the opportunity to work with colleagues specialising in digital health, software engineering, psychology, and health services research to deliver and contribute to evaluating and implementing innovative technologies, services, and approaches to transform health and social care.

You will have the opportunity to pursue a PhD associated with this project; PhD fees for the post holder will be funded for the three-year fixed-term contract.

You will be managing the day-to-day running of an evaluation of a digital health system for people with Parkinson’s disease (PwP). Parkinson’s disease can cause a wide range of non-motor symptoms, including pain and problems with mental health, memory, and sleep. The system you will be evaluating was designed with PwP and their care partners to provide self-management support for families and facilitate timely clinical interventions. The study aims to establish evidence of the impact of the system on patient confidence, knowledge, and skills for self-management of NMS, symptom burden, and quality of life of PwP and their care partners. We anticipate that the use of this system will result in improved quality of life and increased knowledge and confidence for managing symptoms while safely reducing the time spent by health care professionals on manageable non-motor symptoms. In addition to this project, you will be involved with other digital health research centred on supporting physical activity, nutrition, mental health, and other domains to promote positive health outcomes. A key objective of this research stream within CHT is the design and development of inclusive digital solutions to assure equity in access to innovation.

The University of Plymouth has a strong interdisciplinary research ethos which is supported by our three strategic Research Institutes: the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Earth Institute, and the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research. As a member of our academic community, you’ll be expected to contribute to our recognised research strengths. Working holistically across the University, you will be challenged to innovate, collaborate, and deliver impactful research contributions as part of a systems thinking approach to addressing today’s global challenges.

You will have the opportunity to hone your skills in mixed-methods research through this project while working towards your PhD. Specific activities you will be engaged in will include:

• Project management.
• Conducting literature reviews.
• Executive semi-structured interviews.
• Analysing quantitative and qualitative data (with statistical and thematic analyses).
• Preparing papers for publication.

You will be supported and supervised by Dr Meinert and his staff.

• You will have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline; for example, computing science, software engineering, health services research, psychology, nutrition.
• You will have excellent communication skills, including presenting research and preparing papers for publication.
• You will have the ability to work independently to solve problems and carry out high-quality research.
• You are familiar with mixed methods, including semi-structured interviews, thematic analysis, survey development, and descriptive statistics.
• You will have the ability to balance and prioritise a varied workload and work under pressure to meet deadlines.
• You are comfortable and have experience with working collaboratively and presenting research findings.

Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the job description’s knowledge, qualifications, training, and experience in your supporting statement.

Previous applicants need not apply.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role, please contact Dr Edward Meinert at

This vacancy will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Closing date: 12 Midnight, Sunday 29 May 2022.

Interviews are likely to take place in late June 2022 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 3 years due to funding.

The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits/support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages

We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups at the University of Plymouth, such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.

The Faculty of Health holds a Silver Athena Swan Award, and the University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia.

Staff appointed within the Faculty of Health may be able to join the NHS pension scheme subject to eligibility criteria.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.