Technical Developer - Fixed Term for 24 Months

Updated: 23 days ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Feb 2021

Interview Date: Thursday 18 March 2021

Sherlock HealthCare Services (SHS) and The School of Computing and Digital Technology at Birmingham City University (BCU) are looking to appoint a high calibre technical developer with specialist expertise around sensor driven systems. The role will be based in the Digital Media Technology (DMT) Lab at BCU, with a significant proportion of time also onsite at SHS (who specialise in providing high-quality residential care and support to young people with special needs). This role presents a unique and exciting opportunity to work in collaboration with leading academics at BCU to apply knowledge and technical innovation to create new solutions that can have a genuine impact in the care sector.

The Role

You will be responsible for leading the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a novel hardware and software decision/behaviour support system capable of collecting and visualising physiological data from young people (based at SHS’ residential care homes) to facilitate the management of emotional behavioural disorders. The system will also require the development of a carer management component where identified patterns of behaviour can help determine the skill sets required by carers supporting young people with specific needs.

This development of this application will involve examining existing software and hardware solutions and developing bespoke solutions in the light of business needs; working collaboratively with carers, service users, and other stakeholders based at SHS to understand their key requirements and then iteratively develop a platform capable of integrating multiple commercial sensors (e.g. for tracking body temperature, sleeping patterns, skin conductance, heart rate, agitation, etc.). The platform will also need to be evaluated closely with SHS service users to explore and understand the effectiveness of the new system.

The ideal candidate will have excellent technical programming and system development and social interaction skills and should be willing to work as part of a tightly knit, innovative group of highly motivated individuals both at SHS and also academics in the DMT Lab. The candidate must also be adept at applying their knowledge to commercial projects, driving value and making an impact where possible, with an ability to solve problems and create innovative solutions.

Essential Skills

  • Hold a Master’s degree (PhD desirable) or equivalent professional experience in applied Computer Science, Engineering, HCI, Digital Media Technology, IT, or other related discipline.
  • Experience of working with and developing systems requiring sensor integration, signal processing, and data visualisation.
  • Strong programming background in relevant languages (Python, C#, C++, etc.).
  • Good knowledge of sensor driven systems and other related emerging technologies.
  • Excellent communication, time management, and problem solving skills – as well as confidence in working closely with caregivers and young people with special needs. 

Desirable Skills

  • Experience in designing, conducting, and analysing user evaluations of systems.
  • Background in accessibility, assistive technology, and working with people who have some form of disability/impairment.
  • Wider commercial understanding and awareness.

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme co-funding by a grant through Innovate UK. It is essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure this position. KTPs offer a wide range of benefits including access to a £4,000 Personal Development budget to upskill during the project. For more information on KTP please go to

The successful graduate will be employed by the University and will be based at the DMT Lab at  Millennium Point and Sherlock Health Care Services in Birmingham B14 6SX where they will lead on the technical development of the project and be supported by academics from BCU’s School of Computing and Digital Technology.

For more information on the role please contact Ian Williams at  or Chris Creed at  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews on 18 February 2021 where they will be required to give a 10 minute presentation to demonstrate how their skills and/or experience align to this vacancy.


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