Research Fellow (Low-Cost Light-Rail Track Form Development)


Location: Coventry
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 23rd September 2020
Closes: 22nd October 2020
Reference: 1872505

Full time (36.5 hours per week) Fixed term contract for 12 months to end no later than 3 November 2021.

Do you have an interest in the railway industry or civil engineering from a transportation perspective? Can you assist in the expansion of our transportation research activity? You will contribute to the growing programme related to innovative and affordable Very Light Rail track systems within WMG at The University of Warwick.

The role will include significant simulation-based work and as such well-developed experimental skills would be expected from planning stage through to reporting. You will have an ability to actively engage with industry collaborators and project partners. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent doctoral qualification, with a good understanding of GIS-based geological and geomechanical survey technology, e.g. 3D geological/geomechanical mapping. Excellent numerical modelling skills using varied numerical modelling methods (e.g. Finite Element Method; Boundary Element Method) and software (e.g. Abaqus; Fortran Compiler) will also be required for modelling soil dynamics response for railway substructures as well as the soil-structure interaction.

You will be expected to plan and instigate research activities, demonstrate independent and team working skills and deliver precise reports in a timely and professional manner. In return, we will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942).

For an informal discussion related to this role please contact Dr Darren Hughes (

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.