Research Fellow (Railway Simulation) – BCRRE, School of Engineering – 100136 – Grade 7

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom

August 10, 2022


Research Fellow (Railway Simulation) – BCRRE, School of Engineering – 100136 – Grade 7 - (220001J3)


Position Details

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Engineering

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434

Grade 7

Part Time - 18.75 hours per week

Fixed Term contract up to 31st August, 2023

Closing date: 10th August, 2022

Our offer to you

People are at the heart of what we are and do.

The University of Birmingham is proud to have been a part of the City of Birmingham and the wider region for over 100 years, and we are equally proud to be recognised as a leading global university. We want to attract talented people from across the city and beyond, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success.

We are committed to helping the people who work here to develop through our sector-leading Birmingham Professional programme which provides all professional services staff with development opportunities and the encouragement to reach their full potential. With almost 5,000 professional services jobs in a wide-range of functions in Edgbaston and in our campus in Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities for you to be able to develop your career at the University.

We believe there is no such thing as a typical member of staff and that diversity is a source of strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation, and debate. We warmly welcome people from all backgrounds and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is at the heart of who and what we are, and how we work.

Supporting our people to achieve a healthy work/life balance is important both to our employees and to the success of the University and, depending on the role, we offer a variety of flexible working arrangements. We therefore welcome discussions on all forms of flexible working. In addition, you will receive a generous package of benefits including 40 days paid holiday a year, one paid day a year for volunteering, occupational sick pay, and a pension scheme. We also have three high quality subsidised day nurseries.

The University is situated in leafy Edgbaston and there are excellent transport links to our beautiful campus, including main bus routes and a train station on site. On campus we have a state-of-the-art sports centre with pool, shops, places to eat and drink, our own art gallery, museum and botanical gardens.

Find out more about the benefits of working for the University of Birmingham.

Role Summary

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) is Europe's largest academic-based group delivering railway science and education. With over 130 academics, researchers and professional support staff, BCRRE provides world class research and thought leadership within railways and offers an expanding portfolio of high-quality education programmes. BCRRE is the lead partner in the £92m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and the University of Birmingham is also home to one of UKRRIN's four Centres of Excellence, the Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems (CEDS).

For more information please visit: https: // www. The postholder will contribute to the answering of project-specific research questions on the resilience of railway operations and validate simulation and experimental behaviours. The successful applicant will work within the operational simulation and analysis team of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), delivering technical work for a project on resilience analysis for FCCS-controlled railway lines and other specified research projects, as appropriate. They will develop the validation capabilities for simulation-based projects, operate primarily within the area of railway operations simulation, validation and analysis and analyse, interpret and report on research findings and results as well as contributing to generation of research funding.

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below: • Collect, generate and analyse research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews • 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 • 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

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required

• Hold, or close to completion of, a PhD in a subject relevant to BCRRE's research area (such as Railway Operational Analysis), or significant equivalent experience. • Hold a degree in a STEM discipline in an appropriate subject. • Demonstrable thorough understanding of ETCS, ATO, TMS, railway planning and operations • Demonstrable 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 • Demonstrably high level analytical capability • Proven experience of experimental design and validation • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, including demonstrable experience of presenting at academic conferences, industry meetings, and public outreach events • Demonstrable 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 tools • Proven 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 enquiries to Professor Paul Plummer,

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

Primary Location

: GB-GB-Birmingham


: Academic Non-clinical


: Engineering


: Temporary


Job Posting

: 03.08.2022, 6:00:00 AM

Grade (for job description): Grade 7

Salary (Pay Basis)

: 31,406.00

Maximum Salary

: 43,434.00

Advert Close Date

: 11.08.2022, 5:59:00 AM

Fixed Term Contract End Date 31.10.2023

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