Job Details

Research Associate in Transport Analytics

Reference Number
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
Job Family
Research And Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

To make a leading contribution to the quantitative research activities of the UKRI-ESRC funded Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC). Specifically, the job requires expertise in transport studies such as travel behaviour, shared mobility services, or connected/automated vehicles as well as analytical skills (e.g., the manipulation and analysis of diverse new forms of data).

You will join a multi-disciplinary group conducting research using big, complex, administrative and naturally-occurring forms of urban data. There will be excellent opportunities to enhance your quantitative and broader research skills, and to develop external networks with academic and non-academic partners.

Based in the University of Glasgow, the UBDC aims to promote innovative research methods and the use of big data to improve social, economic and environmental well-being in cities. We deliver analyses that have demonstrable impacts on public policy, society and industry. We publish world-leading contributions to social science and other disciplines. We enhance the quality of urban big data and methods for urban analytics, and provide critical analysis of the value of these for understanding urban conditions. We offer a centre-of-excellence for teaching and capacity building in urban big data and urban analytics. UBDC was originally established as part of the ESRC’s national data infrastructure, focussed on developing big data resources for a wide range of potential users, and that continues to be an important part of our role.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Take a leading role in the planning and conduct of assigned research, individually or jointly, in accordance with the project deliverables and UBDC/School/College/University research strategy.

2. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting progress reports and papers as appropriate.

3. Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of the UBDC/School/College/University, including establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, gathering indicators of esteem and identifying opportunities for knowledge exchange.

4. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project and subject area, and develop/implement a suitable research strategy.

5. Present work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance the research profile of the UBDC/School/College/University.

6. Take a leading role in the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.

7. Take a leading role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the project and in the broader School/College/University and wider community (e.g. academic and other collaborators/partners).

8. Take a leading role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College/University.

9. Take a leading role in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.

10. Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the UBDC and School, including budgets/expenditure.

11. Make a contribution to teaching activities and associated admin as assigned by the Head of School and in consultation with PI.

12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.

13. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

14. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the Head of School and/or PI.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks that the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

A1 An awarded Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in a relevant subject area
A2 Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge in areas relevant to the field of research
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area and subject specialism

B1 Knowledge of the various kinds of big data typically found in urban analytics
B2 Knowledge of traffic simulations

C1 Quantitative and spatial data analysis using appropriate statistical/GIS software
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate
C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex information, theory and concepts clearly and concisely
C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach
C5 Appropriate workload and time management skills
C6 Excellent IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate
C7 Self-motivated with ability for initiative and independent thought/working
C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
C9 Good leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills as appropriate
C10 Willingness to undertake occasional travel in the UK and elsewhere as required by the project

E1 Relevant research experience in a related field
E2 Experience of quantitative and/or spatial data analysis working with a variety of datasets typically found in urban analytics
E3 Experience of delivering quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E4 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals and/ or at conferences
E5 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
E6 Experience of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of literature, design and analysis of research data and drafting of papers
E7 Experience in undertaking independent research

F1 An emerging national or international reputation

Job Features

To carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality
Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales
Where appropriate informal supervision and support of less experienced members of the project team e.g. postgraduate and project students
Undertake teaching or other duties in accordance with School policy and as agreed with Head of School and PI
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory

Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of all activities
Planning, organisation and implementation of research project on a weekly/monthly basis
Plan research directions that are within the available budget
React to varying project needs and deadlines

Decision Making
Undertake decision making on all aspects of research project/activities within remit of the role
Prioritise own, and where appropriate delegate to junior team members’, workload
Decide on research directions and goals within remit of original project proposal and, as appropriate, adjust research approaches to meet project outcomes
Identify best journals for publication and meetings/conferences to attend

Internal/External Relationships
University colleagues: to exchange information to ensure efficient working and to facilitate cross disciplinary working
External bodies/collaborators: proactively maintain co-operation and links at all levels to enhance profile and reputation
Dissemination: Preparation and presentation of reports/results and participation in meetings and conference calls

Problem Solving
Research including technical and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas
Awareness of project and budgetary issues
Assistance to undergraduate/postgraduate students and less experienced team members with problems relating to the research project

Representation of the UBDC/School/College/University through presentations at national and international events
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies)

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, level 7, £35,210 - £39,610 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and has funding available for 36 months from the start date.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Reference: 024573
Closing Date: 3 April 2019