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Research Assistant/Research Associate in Health Technologies (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Assistant/Research Associate in Health Technologies (Fixed Term)

Department Department for Health

Salary Salary for a Research Assistant is £27,929 rising to £34,308 per annum. Salary for a Research Associate is £35,333 rising to £42,155 per annum.

Grade Grade 6 to Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Wednesday 03 August 2022

Closing date Sunday 04 September 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CH9657

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We are seeking a researcher to join an exciting and high impact project to develop a novel assistive communication device. 

About the role 

The EarSwitch is an earable (ear-based sensor) that can be used as a switch input to a range of assistive technologies. This exciting technology has the potential to provide a means of communication for those where other technologies do not work, and as a result could prove life-changing to those with conditions such as motor neurone disease. 

In this National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded project you will be responsible for collecting and analysing data to understand and greatly expand the impact and reach of the EarSwitch device. 

You will take a leading role in coordinating with multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams, collaborating with academics, industrial designers, a clinical trial's unit, and patient groups to ensure the project delivers tangible impact. 

About you 

Ideally you will hold a degree in a Health-related discipline, Computer Science (specialising in Human-Computer Interaction), Psychology, or have equivalent significant relevant experience or qualifications. 

Ideally you will also have:

  • experience designing a research project,
  • experience collecting and analysing health and/or technology data using qualitative (e.g., interviews) and quantitative (e.g., surveys, questionnaires) techniques in both controlled lab settings and “in the wild”,
  • the ability to communicate and collaborate with people from several different disciplines, and to write research reports and publications,
  • experience of working with people with disabilities or those who require assistive technology.

There is one position available which is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis for an expected end date of 02/10/2023.

For informal enquires please contact Dr Christopher Clarke ( or Dr Dario Cazzola (

About the Department 

The Department for Health is dedicated to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and students. We hold a Bronze Athena Swann award and are committed to enabling a positive working culture that values and recognises collaboration and cooperation as an important part of academic life.

We have been ranked in the top 10 in the 2021 QS World Rankings for Sport-related subjects for the last 2 years. Our research is organised around three themes: Lifelong Health and Wellbeing, Improving Human Function, and a Fair and Vibrant Society.

In the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF2021), we were rated 6th in the country (Sports & Exercise Sciences, Leisure & Tourism, Unit of Assessment), with 98% of our outputs considered either world leading or internationally excellent (i.e. 3-4*).

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Further details:

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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.