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Research Fellow (NBIF)

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences School of Engineering

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st June 2019
Closes: 21st July 2019
Job Ref: 81434

Fixed Term – up to 24 months

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

This post will be directly linked to the National Buried Infrastructure Facility (NBIF) (,which is part of the national UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities, a Government funded, multi-university capital investment programme (UKCRIC, ).

The successful applicant will be based in the Department of Civil Engineering (part of the School of Engineering), and will work within a world-leading research group with extensive academic collaborations, thereby gaining a rounded experience. This Research Fellow post forms a key part of the business plan for the development of NBIF and the post-holder will therefore be expected to work collaboratively with academics at Birmingham and with industrial partners. There are four main areas of focus:

  • To help develop, in close collaboration with the academics associated with the NBIF, high-quality research proposals to use the facility, including industry related projects and joint projects with other institutions;
  • To help develop, with appropriate support from the academics associated with NBIF and the NBIF Facilities Manager, the operational manuals and method statements for using the main facility and all the ancillary equipment, with due consideration to health & safety and risk assessments associated with such a facility;
  • To be involved with the commissioning of the facility and the associated equipment when the construction of the facility is complete in (approx.) November 2019, and produce operational procedures;
  • To conduct experiments within NBIF as required.

Working with academics to help commission NBIF and produce its operational procedures, the postholder will help design suitable commissioning tests for NBIF and incorporate appropriate instrumentation. They will conduct experiments within NBIF, contribute to writing research bids, analyse and interpret research findings and results, and contribute to publications. Alongside the primary focus of the position, the post-holder will be expected to engage with other research projects within the School and contribute to the success of the School through a range of activities such as teaching, open days and industry engagement and external events.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • First degree in Engineering, or related discipline or equivalent experience
  • Hold, or be close to completion of, a relevant higher degree or equivalent qualifications/ industrial experience
  • Experience in developing and conducting laboratory based testing, including small or large-scale physical model testing in geotechnical and/or structural engineering
  • Good organisational and professional skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrably high level analytical capability
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate complex information clearly to both internal and external people at all levels
  • Fluency in relevant methods and the ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Proven ability to work in a team, including other researchers, academics and technicians
  • Demonstrably high level analytical capability
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate complex information clearly to both internal and external people at all levels
  • Experience of publishing research findings in leading international journals and conferences

Informal enquiries: Professor David Chapman  0121 414 5150

Closing date: 21 July 2019                    Reference: 81434

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