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Research Assistant/Associate in Industrial Data Analytics Management (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £39,609 over two ranges (see advert text)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th September 2018
Closes: 23rd October 2018
Job Ref: NM16783

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory to work on supply chain automation.

The focus of the project is to develop solution approaches for the day to day operational issues facing supply chain planning, using a combination of modelling, IoT based and optimisation approaches and data-driven techniques. The post-holder will help develop prototype software systems which can demonstrate the ability to make supply chain planning and scheduling solutions to improve resilience. The project aims to extend these prototypes into applications or methods to be used within actual operations within industry, as well as measure and evaluate the effectiveness of these in a real environment.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are a PhD (or close to obtaining a PhD) in Engineering, Computer Science or related scientific discipline, and research experience in all or some of the following areas: 

  • Simulation and modelling approaches for complex systems, for example with agent based approaches 
  • Data science, and new data-driven techniques for prediction 
  • Knowledge of industrial data management: enterprise IT systems used to support  operations, how data is accessed (e.g. SQL) and represented in industrial information systems 
  • Writing software programs and developing prototype systems for demonstration and experimental learning   

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,396; Research Associate: £32,236 -£39,609

This post is available from 1st April 2019.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 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), a covering letter and two relevant publications in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your 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 Rebecca Fowler (

Please quote reference NM16783 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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