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Research Associate - Autonomous Shipping (330894)

University of Strathclyde - Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £33,309 to £36,382 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd August 2021
Closes: 19th September 2021
Job Ref: 310878

Faculty of Engineering

FTE: 1 (35 hours per week)

Term: Fixed (12 months) - with possibility of extension*
The Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) of Excellence seeks to employ a full-time Research Associate to participate in the on-going EU-funded Horizon2020 research project AUTOSHIP (Autonomous Shipping Initiative for European Waters), which aims at “Developing and demonstrating to TRL 7 or above two fully autonomous vessels for Short Ship Shipping and Inland Water Ways services” and will lead to step changes in the way autonomous shipping is currently perceived. As a Research Associate, you will play a key role in this project as part of a team, working under the general supervision of more senior colleagues.

To be considered for the role, you should have a PhD (or be close to completion of a PhD) in autonomous marine systems modelling and analysis or a relevant subject and an MSc/MEng degree (or equivalent) in Maritime Technology/Engineering or a relevant subject. You should have a sufficient knowledge of methods employed for modelling, analysis, design and operation of autonomous shipping systems and to be familiar with advanced marine/ships systems (power generation, propulsion, navigation, shore infrastructure, etc.). You should have knowledge of programming languages and models development skills either through work experience or from previous research. You will conduct literature reviews, develop methods, models/frameworks and perform simulation runs to support the design of autonomous ships as well as employ methods to perform environmental, cost, and supply chain analyses.

You will work under general supervision, and you should have the ability to work within a team environment. You should have the ability to plan, manage, organise and prioritise your own workload and ensure that all activities are completed to deadlines. You will write up the results of your own research and contribute to the production of research reports and high quality journal publications. You will input as a team member to administrative activities and assist, where required, with relevant teaching and knowledge exchange activities.

Your experience should demonstrate that you are capable of working independently under supervision on a technically challenging project and delivering results. You should have proven capability of writing high quality journal publications and research reports, have knowledge of appropriate research methods and have skills on developing research proposals. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are very essential, with propensity to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences. The appointee will join a multidisciplinary international team with industrial partners from various European countries, which entails that you will be prepared to travel for project meetings or in undertaking specific research activity.

*The position is offered initially on a 12-month contract with possibility for further extension dependent on funding.

 For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Gerasimos Theotokatos,

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