Post-doctoral Research Assistant

University of Hull - Electrical and Electronic Engineering - School of Engineering and Computer Science

Campus: Hull

Faculty/Area: Faculty of Science and Engineering

Fixed term for 30 months

A unique opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in wireless technology in support of goods transportation.

You will join a successful research grouping in Engineering and Computer Science, working primarily on a new EU-Interreg funded research project on Inland Waterways Transport, involving partners in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and the UK. You will work as part of an interdisciplinary team under the direction of the Project Principal Investigator Nick Riley, integrating with the wider research environment with strong links to the Business School and the Logistics Institute within the University as well as with European partners. The overall aim of the project is to promote greater and more efficient use of smaller inland waterways for goods transportation throughout the European North Sea Region. The areas to be addressed by the Hull team include investigation of how appropriate use of wireless technologies and data can improved transportation efficiency and interconnectivity, identification and modelling of appropriate goods flows and facilitation of a demonstrator project. You will contribute to project meetings, attend conferences and be encouraged to disseminate project results through production high-impact publications, public interaction and a small amount of teaching.

You will have a PhD in wireless engineering or a related discipline and will have an established or developing research profile, including publications and appropriate project management and teaching experience. Experience of the use of RF system design tools such as ADS or LabVIEW is required as well as an in-depth knowledge of appropriate ILC technologies including RFID. Experience in gathering and analysing measured data and knowledge of emerging wireless technologies including UWB-RFID and LoRaWAN would be advantageous.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the post.

The post holder will work with external project partners, particularly with the Canal and River Trust within the UK, to identify potential applications and demonstrator projects based on the Aire and Calder Canal, and investigate wireless-supported data systems to improve goods transportation efficiency.

Since dissemination of results is an assessed indicator for the project, the role holder should have proven evidence of publication, the ability to write individually and to contribute to joint publications, reports, presentations and white papers. The post holder will be required to represent the University team and present results at both internal and external project meetings. The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines is essential. A strong technical background in executing experiments and data collection is essential. The applicant must also have excellent scientific communication, presentation and writing skills, as well as very good critical and analytical problem-solving skills.

In your covering letter please refer directly to the criteria, given in the person specification attached. Applications are assessed by the selection panel according to these criteria.

To discuss this role informally, please contact Nick Riley 01482 465163,

Further details:

The University of Hull is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in every aspect of our recruitment processes.

Hull will be UK City of Culture in 2017. The University of Hull was part of the City of Culture team throughout the bidding process and remains a key player in Hull’s cultural heritage. The campus will be the venue for City of Culture events, and its alumni, students and staff will be personally involved.

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