Research Fellow: Human-Computer Interaction with digital sexual health services

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £36,028 - £41,228 per annum
  • REF: 1874717
  • Closes: 19th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Selected sexual health services, including partner notification for chlamydia, are increasingly being delivered online. There are both benefits and challenges of making this transition to online delivery (for providers and service users alike), and the design of the digital interaction is central to the quality of the user experience. We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow with experience of HumanComputer Interaction to identify core user experiences and needs for future service users and to prototype and test possible interaction designs, building on prior work.

The post offers a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to join UCL Interaction Centre, working with other groups across UCL and nationally, to contribute to the development of cutting-edge research into digital sexual health (eSexual Health).

The main purpose of the role is to investigate user requirements and prototype novel interactive designs on a newly awarded NIHR funded Grant, Improving care for people with sexually transmitted infections in a digital NHS. The post holder will work under the supervision of Prof Ann Blandford, working closely with Dr Jo Gibbs and the broader project team.

The programme focuses on delivering online clinical care for people with sexually transmitted infections and builds on previous work in which we developed an innovative eSexual Health Clinic (eSHC), accessible on various devices, and demonstrated safety and feasibility in exploratory studies. It is supported and delivered by a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary team of leaders in the fields of digital health, epidemiology, clinical sexual health, public health, health economics, human computer interaction, statistics, health psychology and sexual health commissioning.

Programme institutions include University College London, University of Birmingham, University of Strathclyde, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (programme host), NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Barts Health NHS Trust.

The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to reporting findings, both within the project team and at national and international conferences, and to participate in public engagement activities. There will be opportunities to attend relevant training courses.

The post is available from May 2021 for 12 months initially.

Key Requirements

Applicants must have obtained a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g. HumanComputer Interaction or Digital Health), or have equivalent experience. Enthusiasm for working in healthcare and the ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team is essential. They should have strong qualitative and prototyping skills. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in HCI and will have demonstrated potential for excellent research (e.g., as evidenced by their publication track record in international journals).

Please note: appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary 31,542 – 33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Ann Blandford. Enquiries about the application process should be made to Louise Gaynor.

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We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

19 Mar 2021

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