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The research unit for Active Living, the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is looking for applicants for a PhD scholarship within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network ‘Advanced behavioural data analysis’ funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme (grant agreement No.101072993). The PhD project is expected to start in October 2023 and employment will be for 36 months.
The LABDA project
LABDA (Learning Network for Advanced Behavioural Data Analysis) is an EU-funded MSCA Doctoral Network, that brings together leading researchers in advanced movement behaviour data analysis at the intersection of data science, method development, epidemiology, public health, and wearable technology to train a new generation of creative and innovative public health researchers via training-through-research. The main aims of LABDA are to establish novel methods for advanced 24/7 movement behaviour data analysis of sensor-based data, examine the added value of advanced behavioural data analysis and multi-modal data for predicting health risk and facilitate the use and interpretability of the advanced methods for application in science, policy and society. Via training-through-research projects, 13 doctoral fellows will contribute to reaching these aims. Together, they will develop a joint taxonomy to enable interoperability and data harmonisation. Results will be combined in an open-source LABDA toolbox of advanced analysis methods, including a decision tree to guide researchers and other users to the optimal method for their (research) question. The open-source toolbox of advanced analysis methods will lead to optimised, tailored public health recommendations and improved personal wearable feedback concerning 24/7 movement behaviour.
What will you do
Your main challenge as a PhD student in the project ‘Interpretable communication and visualisation’ is to create overview of the many open-source communication and visualisation tools for movement behaviour data and make the most useful tools available as part of the LABDA toolbox. You will need to assess the ‘usefulness’ of the tools, as well as different ways of presenting the same data, by interacting with a varied group of end-users of movement behaviour data, ranging from researchers and health professionals, to study participants in different age groups.
- Create a systematic overview of existing open-source communication and visualisation tools for movement behaviour data
- Assess how the same results presented using different communication and visualisation tools are perceived and understood by researchers, health professionals, and different age groups
- Develop and test a suite of easy-to-use open-source movement behaviour data communication and visualisation tools
- Contribute to an open-source software package with easy-to-use movement behaviour data communication and visualisation tools
- Report on findings by publishing scientific articles, resulting in a dissertation
- Present findings at (inter)national meetings/conferences
- Contribute to the LABDA toolbox of advanced analysis methods for sensor-based behavioural data
- Contribute to educational activities of the department and within the consortium
Your specific responsibilities will be to:
We are looking for an ambitious PhD candidate with the following qualifications:
- Master’s degree in a data-oriented topic such as data science, statistics or computer science
- Experience with data visualization and communication tools
- Proficient in at least one programming language (preferably R or Python)
- Preference to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative, inclusive environment
- Excellent communication and collaboration skills and fluent in English
- Affinity with physical activity and health
For more information about the recruitment process, see: https://www.labda-project.eu/vacancies/process.html
You will be hosted at SDU in Odense, Denmark. More specifically, your main place of work will be the Department of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, research unit for Active Living. We conduct many intervention studies where we aim to increase physical activity, and being able to use the newest methods and tools to work with behavioural data is a key part of our work.
For more information see www.sdu.dk/en/activeliving
As part of the project you will go on secondments to:
- Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, Department of Public and Occupational Health, to learn to assess how the same results presented using different communication and visualisation tools are perceived and understood by researchers, health professionals and different age groups (collaborator Chin A Paw)
- SENS Innovation ApS (Copenhagen, Denmark): to learn how a commercial producer of movement behaviour data systems has built and user tested their systems to visualise and communicate movement behaviour data (collaborator Lykkegaard)
The Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics is part of SDU's strategy and values. As department, we are recognized for our interdisciplinary research. The scientific, technical and administrative staff support this through active participation in the department's professional and social life. Working as a PhD student in the research unit for Active Living means that you will be part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment where we believe that ‘doing what you like’ is the main driver for researchers. It is a very social workplace where collaboration and learning together are highly valued. You will be working together with another PhD student within the LADBA project that will be employed in the same team, as well as other team members.
For further information about the project, please contact:
Professor Jasper Schipperijn
Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
E-mail: email@example.com (preferred) or phone: +45 20782540
Applications must include:
- At letter stating the interest, motivation and qualifications for the project (max. 2 pages) - upload under “Application form”
- Detailed CV, including personal contact information, and contact information for 2 references
- Certified copy of diploma (Master’s degree in a relevant field)
Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. If you are not asked for a project description above, please upload and empty document in the field “projektbeskrivelse”.
Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters. Applications will be shared with external partners.
Successful candidates will be asked to send an application to the PhD Secretariat, Faculty of Health Sciences, to be enrolled as PhD students.
The PhD programme will be carried out in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order)
The terms of employment as a salaried PhD Research Fellow are stated in the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
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