PhD position in informatics focusing on health platforms

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Information about the research topic

We are looking for a full-time PhD student to conduct research on design, development and use of platforms for continuous data gathering for health purposes. The aim of the PhD position is to study the design and development of a health data platform that takes in health data and how the health data can be used for decision-making purposes. The cases more specifically both includes data from extremely healthy individuals (on elite sport level) and on the other hand, from those that are chronically ill. The focus in the beginning will be on data from national teams collected both through measurements during practice, and on continuous data collection through wearable technologies. The PhD student will study the design and development of the multi-sided platform and how the use of the platform effects different stakeholders involved. For instance, the data collected by athletes, can be used by them as well as by trainers and researchers, which has implications both for the design process, as well as for those using the data. In addition, the PhD student will also study a case of chronically ill individuals, where the data is from the same types of technologies, but can be used for a different purpose, to support decision-making processes in healthcare. In these cases the where the stakeholders are patients , that gather data that which can be used by medical staff to support their decision-making process, and by researchers. Furthermore, we will apply machine learning and advanced analytics to discover patterns that can on the one hand help athletes enhance their performance and on the other hand detect warning signs for the chronically ill. Furthermore, on the topic of learning from data and designing, and developing platforms for health and wellbeing purposes, the PhD student will also work with a case on new ways of screening for breast cancer.

 

Information about the department and the university

You will join us at the Department of Computer Science, Reykjavík University. The department covers a broad range of research topics in Computer Science and information systems and is engaged in several national and international research projects, often interdisciplinary in nature.

Reykjavík University is a private university located in Reykjavík, Iceland. The university currently hosts approximately 3500 students, divided into the Departments of Computer Science, Sport Science, Psychology, Business, Law, Applied Engineering, and Engineering. All of Reykjavík University is located in a single building in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavík. Reykjavík University is a private university located in Reykjavík, Iceland. The university currently hosts approximately 3500 students, divided into the Schools of Computer Science, Business, Law, and Science and Engineering. All of Reykjavík University is located in a single building in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavík.

 

Qualification requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in data science, information systems research as well as in wellbeing and health related topics. To be eligible for this position, you should have/be about to obtain an MSc degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Informatics, Engineering or related fields. Strong candidates with a background in other relevant topics are very much encouraged to apply as well.

 

Position summary

Full-time temporary employment (currently paid 365,000 ISK per month before taxes, roughly 3000 USD at current exchange rate). You are expected to finish your PhD within four years' time. The position includes teaching duties of roughly 20%.


Application procedure

Interested applicants should submit their application through the recruitment website radningar.hr.is 
The application should include:

  • CV
  • Research proposal stating possible development that extendsof what you would like to do, based on the description above (ca. 2 pages)
  • Two letters of reference (e.g., from academic supervisors, former bosses superiors)
  • A 1 to 3-page personal letter where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications/experience/interests
  • Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports
  • Bachelor and/or Master thesis.
  • Research publications, if existent
  • Links to software repositories with relevant projects, if existent

 

The deadline for application isn November 1st, 2019. We will start reviewing applications as soon as they arrive. We strongly encourage interested applicants to send their applications as soon as possible.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions, want more details on the position, or just check before sending in your application, please contact us directly!

 

 

Anna Sigríður Íslind

Assistant Professor | School Department of Computer Science, Reykjavík University

annasi@ru.is

 

María Óskarsdóttir

Assistant Professor | School Department of Computer Science, Reykjavík University

mariaoskars@ru.is