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Research Assistant/Associate Smart Building

Requisition ID:  1029

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  18-Oct-2019

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 North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £30,942.00 

Closing Date: 17 November 2019

The role


The School of Computing is looking to hire a Research Associate to work on the PETRAS IoT Research Hub funded project “Markets for Connected Shared Spaces (MaCSS)”.  The goal of this project is to create solutions for managing access to data relating to shared spaces found within smart buildings. Working closely with stakeholders, this position will involve understanding the social, technical and legal aspects of data privacy, security and management in the area of IoT and smart infrastructure; designing and implementing a user facing smart building data management platform; adapting data anonymisation and visualisation techniques for smart buildings; communicating results; and working effectively in a group.


This position has arisen through the PETRAS IoT Research Hub funded project “Markets for Connected Shared Spaces (MaCSS)”.


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, 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.


For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Charles Morisset


This post is fixed term for a period of 12 months.


Key Accountabilities


  • Define a collection of anonymisation techniques adapted to smart building data.
  • Design and implement a smart building data management platform.
  • Publication of high-quality research papers in conferences and journals of international standing.  
  • Attend PETRAS meetings and other events.
  • Presentation of results at internal and external meetings or seminars.
  • Participation in the activities of the Secure and Resilient Systems group at Newcastle University



The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Potential to collaborate widely with members of PETRAS
  • Excellent skills in communication of science and technology both orally and in writing
  • Good interpersonal and time management skills
  • Experience in the social, technical and legal aspects of data management, privacy, and security is desirable
  • Knowledge of IoT environments especially smart buildings or smart infrastructure is desirable
  • Experience of computer programming for large-scale data processing and visualisation, and developing user interfaces is desirable
  • Experience with user centred design is desirable
  • Evidence of good networking skills is desirable
  • Potential to produce high quality publications in one or more of the areas of interest indicated above is desirable



Attributes and Behaviour


  • Ability to interact and work with researchers of all levels
  • Is respectful of the views and skills of others
  • Comfortable working both on their own and as a member of a team
  • Willingness to learn and undertake research in new branches of science




  • Have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Computing Science with research topic in a discipline closely related to the post

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We vaue diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

Requisition ID: 1029