ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities of the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010 it established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems.
In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Duke - NUS, the National Health Group (NHG), National University Health System (NUHS), and SingHealth, SEC is undertaking a research program on "Future Health Technologies FHT". It addresses some immanent health challenges by developing a future-oriented Mobile Digital Health Concept that tackles the increase in patients suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and stroke, as a consequence of a rapidly ageing population with mobile digital technologies, covering the value chain from acute care to patient's private homes. Within this framework we are announcing the following job opening.
FHT's Mobile Health Interventions module investigates how mobile chatbot technology can be leveraged to assist individuals in preventing diabetes and depression from a public health perspective. For this purpose, we will further develop the award-winning open-source, Apache 2 licensed, software platform MobileCoach (www.mobile-coach.eu). MobileCoach will be our primary software platform for the development of smartphone-based and conversational agent (chatbot) delivered digital health interventions (DHIs) and ecological momentary assessments (EMAs). Elena+ (www.elena.plus) or BLV’s MySwissFoodPyramid are only two examples of many MobileCoach-based interventions. Moreover, technology management and medical students use MobileCoach in our Digital Health Project lectures in Switzerland. The core of MobileCoach is implemented as a Java web application and allows intervention authors to set up the logic and content of DHIs and EMAs. Content can be delivered either via SMS, email or iOS / Android apps (written in ReactNative), which are used by individuals receiving an intervention. Also, health professionals can use the web-based MobileCoach cockpit (written in React) to monitor their patients and to interact with them via a text-based chat channel.
To strengthen our MobileCoach activities at SEC and, therefore, to increase our scientific and societal impact, we are looking for a software developer who is interested in supporting us in the following tasks:
- Development and maintenance of web and mobile app components and documentation of MobileCoach
- Technical project management for the MobileCoach-based research projects in Singapore in collaboration with the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. This task includes project planning, requirements engineering, effort estimates, on-site and remote exchange with our research partners.
- Supporting MobileCoach workshops and hackathons
- Working together with doctoral students in MobileCoach-based projects
- Supporting intervention authors via the MobileCoach user forum and MobileCoach screencasts
We are looking for individuals that meet the following key qualifications:
- A university or university of applied sciences degree in computer science, (medical) informatics, software engineering, or similar
- experience with applied machine learning methods and tools for mobile devices (e.g. TensorFlow for Mobile and IoT)
- interested in open-source projects, mobile app development incl. management of the app submission process, continuous integration and development
- present complex aspects in a concise and understandable way
- looking for a sustainable and meaningful job to support healthcare systems, healthcare workers, and individuals in need, i.e. to use scalable technology to prevent or better manage the global burden of chronic conditions and mental illness
- proactive, communicative and you show personal responsibility, initiative and enjoy technology and interdisciplinary teamwork
- work autonomously and with a self-starter attitude
- fluent in English
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
- Cover letter outlining your motivation and experience in the fields of mobile app development, project management, and open-source software
- CV with list of mobile app projects including your specific contributions