Research Fellow & Lead for MSc Biomedical Innovation - Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research

Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£41,526.00 - £55,750.00
Posted
Sep 20, 2020
Closes
Oct 18, 2020
Ref
145378
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Position Details

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553, with potential progression once in post to £55,750.

Grade 8

Full Time / Fixed Term Contract for 3 years

Closing date 18th October 2020

Interview Date - Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview and assessment using Zoom on 16th November 2020.

Job Summary

The position is part of the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB): a new strategic activity at the University of Birmingham spanning the Colleges of Medical & Dental Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences. Led by Professor John Terry, the Centre is composed of researchers and innovators with backgrounds in mathematics, computer science and physics who are excited by tackling research challenges from biology, biomedicine and the clinic. Housed within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, the integration within a medical school presents unique opportunities to bring communities together and to solve pressing healthcare challenges.

This unique role comprises two main parts to which you will devote your time equally:
  • Education: You will establish and contribute to the delivery of a new MSc programme in Biomedical Innovation alongside Professor Terry and other members of SMQB. In addition, you will establish a framework for medical-facing project provision for the MSc programme in Data Science (led by the School of Computer Science) and will contribute to project supervision;
  • Research: You will develop your own programme of research in an area aligned to the focus of the Centre.


The new MSc in Biomedical Innovation will run from October 2022 and aims to:
  • provide an exceptional environment for students to learn about innovating solutions in the biomedical and healthcare technologies sector;
  • provide training in entrepreneurship and other essential transferable skills and;
  • create a sustainable pipeline of early-stage ventures, leading to lasting impact.


The programme will be established with key partners across the College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS), the Healthcare Technologies Institute, Business School and the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences (Schools of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering).

The current MSc programme in Data Science, led by the School of Computer Science, attracts ~100 students and there is strong interest in applications to biomedicine and human health. The post holder will develop a framework that enables projects to be offered for this MSc from biomedical and clinical staff within MDS. This includes the development of an online platform that facilitates the curation of datasets and clinical questions to allow students to develop and apply related underpinning data science approaches to different clinical datasets. It will also include the supervision of student projects.

The post-holder will devote the remaining 0.5 of their time to developing their own personal research. This will be in area aligned to interests of the Centre, and will seek to build synergies within the Medical School or the Healthcare Technologies Institute, e.g., health data science, dynamical systems, complex networks, physiological fluid dynamics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, data analytics and visualisation, uncertainty quantification, advanced imaging, diagnostics and decision support.

The post-holder will receive strong mentoring and support from Professor Terry as Centre Director and there will be an expectation that the post-holder will successfully secure their own personal research fellowship during their tenure. The SMQB currently incorporates 4 independent research fellowship holders with funding from the MRC, UKRI and Epilepsy Research UK.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Research:
  • Pursue personal research using appropriate methodology and techniques including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support
  • Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
  • Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
  • Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued
  • Provide expert advice to colleagues and students within discipline
  • Contribute to the administration/management of research across the Department/School
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the Centre, College and the University
  • Contribute to some administrative activities within the University, typically relating to research
  • Apply knowledge in a way that develops new intellectual understanding


Education:
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new MSc programme in Biomedical Innovation with key partners across the Healthcare Technologies Institute, Business School and College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (Schools of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering)
  • Contribute to the administration/management of the MSc
  • Establish a framework for medical-facing project provision for the MSc programme in Data Science and contribute to project supervision from Jan 2021
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award - as a mark or as credit - such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
  • Actively manages equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour


Person Specification
  • A higher degree relevant to the research area (normally PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ teaching
  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied
  • Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity


Further information about the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine can be found at www.birmingham.ac.uk/smqb

Further particulars can be found here: http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/MDSFPs.pdf

For further information please contact Dr Rebecca Ward, Centre Manager, r.j.ward.2@bham.ac.uk in the first instance.

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