Postdoctoral Position at the at the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems, Canada

Postdoctoral Position in User-Centered Design and Data Visualization with a focus on data science, user-centered design, and predictive analytics in Healthcare School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo.

Opportunity – The Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab, www.uwaterloo.ca/ubilab) and the Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living Lab (ITWIL, www.itwil.ca) invite applications for a funded Postdoctoral Fellowship position. We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven, and engaged candidates with experience and interest in user-centered design, big data, internet of things, machine learning, predictive analytics, and data visualizations to lead the multidisciplinary creation of sensor fusion and novel visualization tools for machine learning and uncertainty data. This project is a partnership between the University of Waterloo and HillRom. The goal of this project is to prototype and test novel methods to access and interpret data aimed at providing prediction indicators (uncertainty data) and improving outcomes for patients and clinical staff.

This project, in partnership with HillRom Canada (https://www.hill-rom.ca/), has a long-term vision of developing a data ecosystem that is able to:  ● collect information from patients, HillRom beds, and clinical staff; ● apply human-centered design for discovering and defining new predictive analytics; ● conduct exploratory data analysis with datasets available from the sensors on the HillRom beds; ● collaboratively develop, prototype, and test data visualization tools with representative users.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research team led by Dr. Plinio Morita from UbiLab and Dr. Jennifer Boger from ITWIL that includes expertise in health data analytics, wearables, remote patient monitoring, population-level studies, computer science, human factors, biomedical engineering, and applied health sciences. In addition to the University of Waterloo, the research team is also affiliated with the Research Institute for Aging and the University Health Network.

Funding – This fellowship is supported by MITACS and HillRom and the selected candidate will receive CAD $45,000.00/year plus benefits.     Requirements – The ideal applicants for this position will have:  ● a Ph.D. degree in engineering, computer science, or related fields; ● experience with user-centered design and UX, complex data visualizations, and/or in machine learning with a keen interest in becoming proficient in all three; ● strong interest in health technology and health systems;  ● working knowledge of data analytics, big data, sensors, databases, and web storage; ● excellent writing and communication skills.

Application process: Interested applicants should contact me at plinio.morita@uwaterloo.ca with a recent CV, a one-page research statement, a date of availability, and the names and contact information of three references.

The Institutions The Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab) vision is to leverage mHealth, wearables, and IoT sensors for population-level public health surveillance. At the UbiLab, a multidisciplinary team of researchers design, develop and evaluate health technology that leverages persuasive design to deliver maximum reliability, with minimal burden to the user, and outstanding user experience. The UbiLab brings experience and resources in data science, machine learning, and deep learning for the development of real-world learning algorithms.

The Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living Lab (ITWILL) at the University of Waterloo brings together state-of-the-art computer science, engineering, rehabilitation science, and human factors methodologies to create internationally renowned intelligent assistive technologies for supporting aging and promoting independence and quality of life for older adults.  Our research centers around the transdisciplinary execution of user-centered design practices to create innovative, usable, and useful solutions to large, complex problems.

Waterloo’s School of Public Health and Health Systems is training a new generation of leaders, researchers, and change agents, adept at thinking and responding to the complex adaptive systems that affect health and health care. Together, we are seeking innovative solutions to some of the major health challenges of our time: chronic disease prevention and management; health and aging; health care system integration, management, and informatics; food and water safety, security and governance; health inequity–including poverty and Aboriginal health issues; and health and the environment. (for more information visit https://uwaterloo.ca/public-health-and-health-systems/).

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