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Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 7th November 2021
Job Ref: 12341

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the Northeast of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher looking to a part innovative Networked and Ubiquitous Systems Engineering (NUSE) Group to specifically focus on building a digital platform that harnesses the benefits of a sustainable circular supply chain in order to reduce waste, increase safety, and improve fiscal responsibility. As part of an EPSRC funded project you will develop a software platform making using of multichain (multi-layered Blockchains) that provides the audit trail of all activities undertaken within each stage of Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) life cycle. The platform will also implement a "material and service passport" using smart contract technology to demonstrate the circularity potential of materials/ assets that can be verifiable by stakeholders (e.g., designers, manufacturers and clients).

Your key position is:

  • Responsible for supporting the delivery of platform, helping to develop and support collaborating researchers by determining new/modified systems to support the project aims;
  • Implements and evaluates the platform through available Blockchain test networks and assesses the transactions costs, mining time, overheads etc;
  • Collaborate with other researchers to develop appropriate technical solutions to research problems. Writes and codes programmes according to specifications;
  • Present work and provide updates, including the effective communication of complex or technical information, at project meetings and events;
  • Write operational documentation and provide training and support for team members and researchers to ensure effective use of relevant technologies;
  • Maintain and develop knowledge to keep abreast of the latest and most relevant technologies related to the project;
  • Any other duties and responsibilities within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required.

You will benefit by collaborating cross-Faculty with our internal stakeholder Prof. Rajiv Ranjan, Chair Professor of Computing Science and Internet of Things, Newcastle university, UK and collaboration with Cardiff university.

We are looking for an individual who is committed, motivated and with decision making ability together with an aptitude for independent working as well as working as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team. You will be present at informal research events and review development meetings, publish research findings in journals, and disseminate findings at scientific conferences.

This position is available on a full-time, fixed-term basis for three years.

For all informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Rajiv Ranjan (Professor of Computing Science and Internet of Things) via email:
For more information about the School of Computing, please click here.

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


  • A PhD in computer science with well-developed publication profile.
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