Research Assistant/Associate in Urban Systems and Infrastructure Management x 2 (Fixed-Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Two vacancies exist for Research Assistants/Associates in the Ove Arup Foundation Programme for Digital Cities for Change (DC2) in the Department of Engineering.

The Research Assistants/Associates will play a key role in establishing the progamme. They will identify how data and digital tools are impacting the mechanics of policy, governance, and management of a city and infrastructure planning and design in practice. In particular, the research aims to uncover the relationship between the operation and management of infrastructure systems and the city-level outcomes for the citizens and economy. This will be done through both literature review and primary data collection in the form of interviews with local authorities, city agencies, industry practitioners, and researchers. It will involve mapping the actors in the city, the governance and management structures, the issues they are trying to address, as well as the information and data streams they have available or need to access. The research will identify types of modelling and data analysis techniques and tools that will help in improving our understanding of how infrastructure systems deliver services that enhance the performance of cities.

Further details of the research to be addressed over the two years will emerge from this initial scoping activity.

The key responsibilities and duties are:

  • Mapping the role of data in city government and infrastructure management activities: Plan and manage primary and secondary research on data collection, management, and curation across all actors involved in city management and infrastructure design, planning, and operation.
  • Identifying scope and gaps in research across different fields: Identify challenges and issues in current data collection, modelling, management, usage, and curation activities, and identify relevant current academic research gaps and industry needs.
  • Outlining professional competency framework requirements: Use findings of initial research and examine similar professional competency frameworks in other fields.
  • Developing further research in identified areas.

Salary ranges:

  • Research Assistant: £25,725 - £30,688
  • Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Samantha Archetti (Email:, Tel.: +44 1223 746976).

Please quote reference NM13427 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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