Research Software Engineer

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

We are seeking a full-time Research Software Engineer to join an existing team of researchers to contribute to impactful digital health and wellbeing research. The post is funded as part of the DIGITS project, funded by Versus Arthritis, and the ALPHA project, funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust. The post is full time and fixed-term until May 31st 2022.  The role holder will undertake software development activities for the Versus Arthritis project Development and feasibility of an evidence-based DIGital self-management Intervention Tool for people with primary Sjögren’s syndrome (DIGITS) and the Elizabeth Casson Trust funded project: Building and testing a user-centred, Accessible Long COVID fatigue rehabilitation smartPHone App (ALPHA).

You will be a key member of the project team and will carry out software development activities that will contribute to enhancing an already existing smartphone-based digital health intervention for people with Sjögren’s syndrome. In addition, you will be carrying out similar activities to develop and adapt components of the existing Sjogren’s app to tailor it to the needs of people with long-covid fatigue in a separate app. As such, it is expected you will have strong iOS and Android development skills, and have experience of creating robust and reliable mobile applications that have undergone ‘real world’ use. The current app has been developed for both iOS and Android using React Native.

As part of the project team, you will work closely with researchers conducting human-centered research with patients, who will translate the findings from this research into requirements for the mobile intervention. You will lead on finalising the development of the intervention, so it can be distributed to research participants as part of an evaluation of its efficacy.

For the duration of this post you will be based in the Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing department, in Nothumbria University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. However remote, UK-based working will also be considered.

You will have a Bachelors (first-class or high second-class) or Master’s degree (Merit or Distinction) in computer science or a technically oriented design subject, and relevent professional experience to be able to suitably demonstrate the technical experience and skills required for the project. Experience of working in research environments is desirable, but not essential. However, we do expect strong applicants to have experience of working in software development or design teams, and demonstrate strong communication and collaborative skills.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact  Kate Hackett 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.

If you are successful in your application for this role, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

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.

Please note this vacancy will close on 05/12/2021

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