Postdoctoral Research Associate

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

We are seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in Participatory & Co-Design to work in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences as part of COLOSPEED project funded by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Parabola Foundation.

COLOSPEED is an exciting collaboration between Northumbria, Newcastle, and Leeds Universities, which seeks to build the world’s largest ‘experimental platform’ for colorectal cancer prevention and research. By adopting participatory design research methods, we will co-design and develop novel digital technologies to transform current digital health research practices to be more patient focused and experience driven. COLOSPEED will explore the entire lifecycle of digital health research to enable new relational modes of engagement and collaboration by patients, public, endoscopists, academic researchers, charities, healthcare bodies and industry.

The Research Associate will be immersed in the cross-disciplinary environment of COLOSPEED and work closely with the existing team of Research Software Engineers, Healthcare Researchers and Practitioners, to conduct collaborative research that contributes to shaping of the COLOSPEED platform and our vision for patient focused digital health research.

For this post, we are seeking a postdoc researcher with a background in Digital Health and Participatory Design to contribute to COLOSPEED’s work on the next generation of participatory digital health technologies and research. It is expected the successful candidate will have a PhD (or one that is close to completion) in Human-Computer Interaction, Design, or a related field, and will have a research track record or interest in participatory & co-design; digital health; inclusive design; and user experience. You will have a track-record of publishing in relevant leading conferences and journals in these fields and have a developing profile of academic community leadership and involvement commensurate with a postdoctoral researcher. Since the research conducted through COLOSPEED is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, ideally the successful candidate will have experience of working within interdisciplinary teams or demonstrate a strong ambition to work in them. Excellent communication skills and ambition to collaborate across disciplines, as well as demonstrable experiences of designing digital technologies are essential.

It is also expected that there will be a need to travel around the UK and the North East of England for short periods in order to work with partners and to conduct engagements and studies, although this is highly dependent on the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Occasional weekend work may also be necessary but compensated for in time off elsewhere.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Associate Professor Kyle Montague at

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

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.

Northumbria University is an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 02/09/2022

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