Research Fellow in Railway Digital Twin System Development
University of Birmingham School of Engineering
United Kingdom

Rilway Digital Twin System Development) – School of Engineering – 81823 - Grade 7

- (1900032X)


Position Details

School of Engineering

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

Please note, due to this post being externally funded the maximum amount available is £33,199 per annum.

Grade 7

Full Time

Fixed Term Contract up to 31 December 2020

Closing date: 29 September 2019

Please note, 2 positions are available


Job Summary

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCCRE) based in Edgbaston 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 lead partner in the newly-launched £92m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and the University of Birmingham will also be home to one of UKRRIN's four Centres of Excellence, the Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems (CEDS). Core to CEDS' research and technology are virtual environments for modelling and analysing railway systems, in particular CEDS' Digital Twin project, where a virtual system, as a twin system to the real one, is developed for research, analysis and optimisation of railway systems. BCRRE is appointing a Research Fellow in Railway Digital Twin System Development to work with UKRRIN co-investors and collaborators to carry out research, devise, develop and write appropriate software and associated applications.

In order to create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within an established research programme, the postholder will work closely with academic staff and researchers at CEDS to develop, test and implement new Railway Digital Twin system and related applications and then to carry out research and dissemination of results. S/he will collaborate closely with academic and industrial colleagues and will provide expert level knowledge and skills to develop, improve, maintain and support high quality software solutions fulfilling the requirements of research projects in CEDS.


Typical activities will include:
Initiate and conduct original research which has measurable outcomes and is reflected in a growing national and often incipient international reputation
Plan, design and co-ordinate research activities and programmes
Contribute to the development of research strategies
Contribute to the delivery of research proposals/bids/outcomes with academic staff
Analyse and interpret data
Publish results of own research
Contribute to the Department/School through management/leadership
Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagements activities, widening participation, schools outreach or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University

Main Duties

Specific duties:
To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques, focussing on development of the Railway Digital Twin system.
Working closely with both senior BCRRE colleagues and industrial collaborators, formulate, evaluate and create the railway digital twin system. Develop and write appropriate software modules, e.g. for train control systems, Data communication systems, human factors, power and traction, passenger flows etc. This will require the postholder to use expert knowledge in both the railway system and software development.
Design, develop and maintain railway software for BCRRE research in CEDS.
Identify and proactively cultivate appropriate partnerships and external links with industrial partners, other UKRRIN Centres of Excellence and any other relevant bodies, for developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings
Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to railway digital twin system developments
Contribute to the delivery of research proposals/bids/outcomes with academic staff
Provide expert advice to colleagues and students within the discipline
Contribute to the administration/management of research across BCRRE and UKRRIN.
Work closely with BCRRE and other relevant colleagues to promote UKRRIN, CEDS and specifically the virtual railway environments to the wider industry. Represent BCRRE, UKRRIN and CEDS at industry and academic events, conferences, etc, as appropriate.
Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, , and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University
Contribute to some administrative activities within the University, typically relating to research
Apply knowledge in a way that develops new intellectual understanding, including working closely with BCRRE colleagues on promotional and awareness-raising plans to achieve the research and delivery strategy in relation to software development and virtual railway system environments.
Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required

Hold, or be close to completion of, a higher degree relevant to the research area (normally PhD) or equivalent qualifications. This would be an engineering subject with a PhD relevant to railway system and/or software development
Extensive research and development experience and scholarship within subject specialism
Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
Extensive experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity
High level analytical capability
Ability to communicate complex information clearly
Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
Informal enquiries to Jenny Illingsworth, or phone 0121 414 4165

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Valuing excellence; sustaining investment


Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Engineering
Schedule Regular
Job Posting 30.08.2019, 4:00:00 AM
Grade (for job description) Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis) 30,395.00
Maximum Salary 42,036.00

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