11/12/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early Stage Researcher Position in HCI for Mental Health and Young People

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University College Dublin
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer scienceOther
    Computer scienceSystems design
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    11/01/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Ireland › Dublin 4
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    39
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/02/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ESR11-3TEAM
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    722561

Applications are sought for a Research Assistant position in Human Computer Interaction focusing on the design and development of technology to support mental health interventions.

This position is available for up to 10 months. The successful candidate will receive a generous salary and focused research training. S/he will have the option to progress to a PhD upon successful completion of this position. S/he will be based with the Human Computer Interaction Group in School of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD) under the supervision of Dr David Coyle (www.davidcoyle.org).

This is a research focused role and is part of a European Innovative Training Network (ITN) called TEAM (Technology-Enabled Mental Health). Funded by H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA), the TEAM ITN research programme will deliver new technologies that support rapid and large-scale assessment, prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties in young people. The overall research program will be achieved through 15 interconnected individual research projects.

The primary purpose of this role is to support the design and development of an adaptive platform of therapeutic computer games for adolescent mental health. The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with other researchers in TEAM ITN.

This project will involve a substantial software development component. It is suitable for an early stage researcher who wishes to gain experience in research prior to undertaking a PhD in Human Computer Interaction or health care technologies. The successful candidate will have access to significant training resources, with the option to undertake research visits internationally prestigious HCI labs.  Further details about the TEAM ITN programme and network can be found at www.team-itn.eu

 

*** ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL PROJECT ***

Growing evidence suggests that appropriately designed computer games can help to support mental health interventions for young adolescents [1, 2]. But to have widespread impact games need to be adaptable and engaging. The position will be based in the School of Computer Science at UCD and will be jointly supervised by Dr David Coyle (Computer Science) and Dr Gary O’Reilly (Clinical Psychology). We have previously developed and piloted game-based interventions to support face-to-face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for young adolescents experiencing anxiety and depression [3].

The aim of this project is to continue the development of a games toolkit that can be adapted to support a wide range of interventions across distinctive social, gender and cultural backgrounds. It will explore the potential of online and mobile gaming. Building on these initial investigations the aim will be to design and develop a computer game that applies an appropriate theoretical model (e.g. CBT, Solution Focused, or Narrative therapies) to target a specific disorder (e.g. anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychological trauma).

Experienced mental health care professionals and clinical researchers will act as co-designers in this project. It will be undertaken in parallel to an ongoing, national-scale, randomised controlled trial (RCT) of an existing therapeutic game and will build on the feedback from this trial, including feedback on the experiences of young people and therapists using games in clinical settings.

 

*** IMPORTANT NOTES ***

Under the MSCA funding guidelines there are restrictions on applicants’ research experience and mobility.  This position will not be suitable to those that do not meet the two requirements below.

  • Researchers may NOT have resided or worked in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission deadline date (short stays such as vacation are not taken into account).
  • Applicants must be ‘Early Stage Researchers’ at the time of recruitment. This means that they are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree

Benefits

Fixed Salary: €32,000 per annum

 

Note: The appointee may also be entitled to a mobility allowance of approximately €6,000 per annum; paid in additional to the above gross annual salary. A family allowance is also payable where appropriate.

 

Note: This position is available for a maximum of 10 months initially. 

 

Eligibility criteria

Please state in your cover letter that you meet the Marie Sklodowska Curie Action requirements on research experience and mobility as described below:

 

*** IMPORTANT NOTES***

Under the MSCA funding guidelines there are restrictions on applicants’ research experience and mobility. This position will not be suitable to those that do not meet the two requirements below.

  • Researchers may NOT have resided or worked in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the submission deadline date (short stays such as vacation are not taken into account).
  • Applicants must be ‘Early Stage Researchers’ at the time of recruitment. This means that they are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.

Selection process

Important Notes:

  • Candidates should submit a Cover Letter (including your MSCA eligibility requirements) and CV (no more than 3 pages) to Dr David Coyle d.coyle@ucd.ie
  • Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria as outlined above and meet the skill and qualifications criteria and are selected for interview will be notified by email. Please provide the email address you wish to be contacted on, when you submit your application.
  • Interviews will be held in person or via Skype in late January 2020 and shortlisted candidates will be notified of the date.

Additional comments

Informal inquired can be made by contacting David Coyle at d.coyle@ucd.ie.

 

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer scienceSystems design
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Computer science: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in a relevant field including Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, or related disciplines.
  • Experience in programming languages such as C++, C# or Java. 
  • Experience in computer games development, mobile application development and/or AR or VR is desirable.
  • Experience (or a keen interest) in health care technology research and a commitment to user engagement is desirable.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Strong attention to detail

Specific Requirements

The primary duties of the role will require the successful candidate:

  • To support the design and develop an adaptive platform that supports the creation of therapeutic computer games for adolescent mental health.
  • To undertake training and develop research skills as required for the delivery of a successful project.
  • To gather and/or analyse data collection necessary to support the design and delivery of an adaptive platform. 
  • To disseminate ongoing research activities and project results through social media and research events as directed by the Programme Manager and Academic Supervisors. 
  • To engage in the wider research and reporting activities of the TEAM ITN programme and Institute.
  • Undertake any other duties as assigned by the Principal Investigator.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University College Dublin
Ireland
Dublin
Dublin 4
D4
Belfield

EURAXESS offer ID: 471959

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