Mitacs Accelerate Intern (two positions)

Dr. Tarun Katapally, Associate Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina campus, and Director DEPtH Lab is recruiting for two full-time Mitacs Accelerate Interns to work on the CO-Away project.

CO-Away: A Rapid Response Digital Tool to Tackle COVID-19
CO-Away is a digital epidemiological platform that leverages the approach of SMART Platform in integrating ethical surveillance, integrated knowledge translation, and policy and behaviour interventions. This platform is being implemented through the Digital Epidemiology and Population Health Laboratory (DEPtH Lab) at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina. It is critical to emphasize that CO-Away app will be designed to not only address population health risks during the current wave of the pandemic, but will also be structured for rapid response during subsequent waves of COVID-19 as well as other communicable disease outbreaks.

The CO-Away mobile app provides three key precision medicine services that are specific to each citizen: 1) continuous risk assessment of contracting COVID-19 via the virtual doctor feature; 2) evidence-based public health communication; and 3) Citizen reporting of food availability, access to public services, and COVID-19 symptoms and test results.

The data from the virtual care app are transferred in real-time to a digital decision-maker dashboard, which is securely accessed by the Principal Knowledge User. This platform will enable the deployment of real-time evidence-based interventions that can support the community healthcare services.

POSITION SUMMARY
As the Mitacs interns, the students will work under the supervision of Dr. Tarun Katapally and work with the DEPtH Lab team to develop a sophisticated mobile application platform using the latest technologies.

The interns will:

  • Design and create both the mobile app and the digital decision-making dashboard.
  • Write high quality source code to complete tasks within deadlines.
  • Perform app and dashboard testing before launch
  • Troubleshoot and debug aspects of the app and the dashboard.
  • Evaluate existing applications to reprogram, update and add new features.
  • Develop technical documents and handbooks to accurately represent
    application design and code
  • Assist with enhancements and maintenance of the products currently in production
REQUIREMENTS/SKILLS
  • University students registered in graduate degree/diploma programs in
    computer science.
  • Recognized diplomas or certificates in software development, with
    particular expertise in working with app and dashboard development
    frameworks
  • In-depth knowledge of programming for diverse operating systems and
    platforms using development tools
  • Excellent understanding of software design and programming principles.
  • Experience in building fully native iOS and Android applications for a
    variety of devices.
  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving capability
  • Great attention to detail and time-management skills
  • Working knowledge of the following:
  • C# / XAML/ Xamarin/Azure/ React Native or other cloud platforms
  • Knowledge In Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Deep learning, Internet of Things, Data Structures and Algorithms, Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Database Management
  • Programming/Scripting Languages: C/C++, Python, SQL, Java
  • Website Design: HTML5, CSS, WordPress, JavaScript (basic level)
  • Experience with TFS, Agile software development methodology, unit
    testing, DevOps, Sketch considered a benefit\
  • Ability to write clean, well-documented code.
  • Productivity: Agile Process (Azure DevOps), Scrum Planning, Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams), LATEX

POSITION DETAILS
Duration: One year (December 2020-December 2021)
Salary Range: As per Mitacs Accelerate Intership ($30,000/year)
Work Hours: 40 hours/week (full-time)

HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed commencing immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates are invited to send their applications – including a cover letter, current resume/CV, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Tarun Katapally
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
tarun.katapally@uregina.ca | tarun.katapally@usask.ca 

Data Scientists (Research Associate, Research Assistant, or Postdoctoral Fellow)

Are you interested in applying your data science skills to an applied project? Do you want to make a real-world impact? Join our innovative and cutting-edge research to address emerging and existing health crises, including COVID-19.

The Digital Epidemiology and Population Health Laboratory (DEPtH Lab) is recruiting for three full-time, term positions—Data Science Research Associate, Research Assistant, or Postdoctoral Fellow to work on different SMART Platform projects! 

SMART Platform is a digital epidemiological and citizen science platform for ethical engagement, integrated knowledge translation, and policy and behaviour interventions. DEPtH Lab is using this unique platform to address health crises in real time. For instance, in response to the novel coronavirus disease, the CO-Away system was designed to address population health risks during multiple waves of COVID-19.

POSITION SUMMARY
Successful candidates will work under the supervision of Dr. Tarun Katapally to:

  • Design and create digital health platforms.
  • Manage, analyse, and utilize big data for digital health platform development.
  • Write high quality source code to complete tasks within deadlines.
  • Evaluate existing digital health applications to reprogram, update and add new features.
  • Develop technical documents and handbooks to accurately represent application design and code.
  • Assist with enhancements and maintenance of the digital health products currently in production.

Due to the nature of the work, successful applicants are not required to relocate to Regina, Saskatchewan, and can work remotely from their home location.

REQUIREMENTS/SKILLS

  • Graduate degree/diploma programs in computer science, data science, digital epidemiology or related field.
  • Recognized diplomas or certificates in software development, with particular expertise in working with app and dashboard development frameworks.
  • Excellent understanding of software design and programming principles.
  • Experience in building fully native iOS and Android applications for a variety of devices.
  • Working knowledge of the following:
    • C# / XAML/ Xamarin/Azure/ React Native or other cloud platforms
    • Knowledge in Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Deep learning, Internet of Things, Data Structures and Algorithms, Computer Networks, Operating Systems, and Database Management
    • Programming/Scripting Languages: C/C++, Python, SQL, Java
    • Website Design: HTML5, CSS, WordPress, JavaScript (basic level)
    • Experience with TFS, Agile software development methodology, unit testing, DevOps, Sketch considered a benefit
  • Ability to write clean, well-documented code.

HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed starting March 1, 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled. Interested candidates are invited to send their applications—including a cover letter, current resume/CV, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Pinal Patel, DEPtH Research Associate
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
pinal.patel@uregina.ca 

The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

ABOUT THE JOHNSON SHOYAMA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY (JSGS)
Named after Albert W. Johnson and Thomas K. Shoyama, two of Saskatchewan’s best-known public servants who went on to illustrious careers with the federal government, JSGS is the first provincial school of its kind and is the product of an innovative and successful partnership between the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

In its second decade of operations, JSGS strives to be a world-class policy school that educates, informs, and engages with public policy and administration. Our unique two-campus model brings together faculty and staff from two universities and several disciplines, as well as a host of Executives-in-Residence with many years of practical experience in government.