Stevens Institute of Technology Department of Computer Science has an open position for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the fields of domain-specific languages, security and privacy, and mobile technologies for health information systems in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC).
The MEDDC project (Mobile eHealthcare Delivery for Developing Countries) is a NIH and NSF-funded project that is developing and deploying tools for data collection and healthcare management in LMIC. It is affiliated with Central Africa IEDEA (International Epidemiological Databases to Evaluate AIDS), one of several NIH-funded projects that are engaged in data collection and analysis as part of the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The project has developed tools for producing data collection systems from declarative specifications. The target platform is Android laptops, motivated by security and privacy issues. The work to be done will involve developing support for local data analysis, motivated by the need for capacity-building in medical and epidemiological analysis in the places where these tools will be used. The intention is to adopt ideas from statistical and functional programming languages, to develop a domain-specific language approach to data querying and analysis. This work should eventually integrate with the HICDEP data standard that IEDEA has adopted for exchange of health data between IEDEA projects.
This effort has a significant software development component. Although the IEDEA project employs full-time software developers to support data collection, this research work also includes software deliverables, as described. The development language is Java, but the applicant will preferably also have experience with, and enthusiasm for, functional programming languages such as Haskell and some of its domain-specific derivatives. Research opportunities include the use of concepts from functional programming languages to build local capacity for medical and epidemiological analysis in LMIC, as well as the investigation of security and privacy issues in this domain.
For further information, please contact Professor Dominic Duggan (email@example.com). Applications for the position should be submitted via this Web site. Applicants for the position should also forward a copy of their application to Prof. Duggan, at the email above.
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