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Research Fellow in Railway Simulation

University of Birmingham - Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Location: Birmingham, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Salary: Up to £31,406 per annum, Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th September 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: 98294

Location: Birmingham or Dubai

Salary: As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £31,406.

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract Until 31st October 2022


To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge in the area of the management, integration, and system-wide rail systems simulation. The successful applicant will sit within the data management and simulation team of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, in the field of creation and analysis of railway simulation systems, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Design, develop and carry out data analysis using the tools provided as part of the UKRRIN research data platform, on behalf of the UKRRIN stakeholders
  • Assist with the day to day management of technicians working on simulation systems
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge thus gained in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification

  • First degree in a STEM discipline and a higher degree in an appropriate subject. Ideally, you will hold a PhD in an area relevant to creation and analysis of simulation systems
  • Fluency in the techniques and methodologies used in large-scale industrial data analysis, and the skills to contribute to the development of new approaches in response to industry challenges
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, including demonstrable experience of presenting at academic conferences, industry meetings, and public outreach events
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Demonstrable ability to contribute to the planning and organisation of the programme of research to be delivered using simulation tool
  • Experience of co-ordinating own work and ability to manage work of assigned technicians, ensuring effective collaboration with the wider team and avoiding conflicts of interest or duplication of research effort

Informal enquires to Dr Jenny Illingsworth, email:

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