Research Fellow on Balancing the Impact of City Infrastructure Engineering

United Kingdom
Sep 29, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within the Balancing the Impact of City Infrastructure Engineering on Natural Systems using Robots research project. In particular, in relation to the research being conducted at Birmingham as part of this project, the post will be focussed on three aspects. Firstly, to evaluate and characterise a range technologies for condition assessment and repair of surface (initially focussed on potholes) and buried infrastructure (e.g. leaking pipes), including analysis of impact on natural systems, i.e. to guide to development of suitable robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) being developed by others on the project. This will include designing and conducting appropriate laboratory experiments to test the RAS. Secondly, to propose how infrastructure could be redesigned to be better suited for future remote/autonomous maintenance and repair. Thirdly, to liaise closely with the researchers from the other institutions to ensure the research is integrated and complementary. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the successful running of the School of Engineering through external engagement, lecturing where appropriate and other activities

Person Specification

  • • Deliver the research outlined in the work packages associated with Birmingham’s contribution to the above research project
  • • Liaise with the other investigators and researchers on the project (from Leeds, UCL and Southampton) and ensure the research is integrated and complementary
  • • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • • Analyse and interpret data
  • • Apply knowledge 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 and literature reviews
  • • 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
  • • Contribute to the success of the School of Engineering

Scope of the Role

  • • Work within the specified research grant and contribute to writing new research bids
  • • Operate within area of specialism
  • • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • • Contribute to generating funding
  • • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar