Assistant Research Fellow - Scientific Programmer

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Job Type: Permanent

Assistant Research Fellow - Scientific Programmer-1901042





Who we are


Turning 150 years old in 2019, the University of Otago is New Zealand's first and oldest University. It has a strong teaching and research tradition and well-established national and international linkages. It is also one of New Zealand's largest universities, with over 20,000 students, assets in excess of $1.6 billion and 4,000 full time equivalent staff based in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Invercargill.


The Department of Medicine is part of the Dunedin School of Medicine, and is housed within Dunedin Hospital. In addition to teaching undergraduate students, it offers world-class postgraduate education and research opportunities to medical professionals, and PhD and Masters’ students.


Unlike most other academic departments within the University of Otago, the Department of Medicine is also a clinical department with major clinical and administrative roles with the Southern District Health Board (SDHB). There is a strong commitment to excellent patient care as well as providing world-class teaching and research activities. It is the people behind this Department that make it function and perform to such a high standard.


The Department of Medicine is made up of the following medical specialties: Cardiology, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Haematology, Oncology, Older Persons Health, Endocrinology, Neurology, and Palliative Care Medicine, as well as the specialties of Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, Sports Medicine and Radiology. The research activities of the Department reflect these clinical specialties and are often multidisciplinary in nature. Staff undertaking research are from both medical and scientific backgrounds, and collaborate with members from other faculties and universities.


The Role


The Cardiology Research Unit is a growing collection of researchers within the Department of Medicine. We are currently focused on a wide variety of projects covering diverse aspects of cardiovascular medicine and surgery, and collaborate extensively with other members of the HeartOtago group, and others throughout the University of Otago, nationally, and internationally. A major focus of our current work is in cardiovascular imaging, in particular echocardiography and cardiac MRI.


We require an Assistant Research Fellow to work as a scientific programmer in the Cardiology Research Unit. This role is primarily to provide a structure to the imaging research currently underway, and to allow scaling up of these efforts in the future.


The role is relatively broad ranging, with aspects of scientific programming, data management, data science, image processing, and possibly simple web and mobile app development.


Your Skills and Experience


We are looking for:


  • A tertiary qualification in the area of computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or a closely related field (preferably Honours degree or higher).
  • Excellent programming skills in both scripting and high-level programming languages (requiring Python, and preferably including Java and R), with a portfolio of previous work.
  • Experience in software engineering including version control and testing.
  • Experience in database management.
  • Experience in simple web and mobile app development.
  • The ability to work harmoniously in a research team and contribute to the research environment.


The role would suit a graduate with good general programming skills (in particular Python), and with an interest in research. Ideally you would have some background in biomedical image analysis.


Further details


This is a fixed term position, beginning as soon as possible and ending 31 December 2019. The position is part-time (0.5FTE). The exact job structure is open to negotiation, and there is flexibility to include a component of off-site working.




To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 1901042 will close on Sunday, 19 May 2019.



Additional Information Note: As a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.

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 Assistant Research Fellow ($48,821 to $68,515)
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