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Research Assistant/Associate in Geotechnical Infrastructure Monitoring and Resilience

Requisition ID:  24703

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  17-Nov-2022


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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value 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.



Research Assistant: £29,619 to £31,411 per annum

Research Associate: £32,348 to £34,308 per annum


Closing Date: 09 December 2022


The Role


We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic RA with experience in geotechnical engineering or similar discipline to work pro-actively within a multi- university research consortium. The successful applicant will have responsibility for to field monitoring sites, their instrumentation and curation of high-quality datasets. They will be based within a vibrant team of Researchers at the UKCRIC National Green Infrastructure and will be expected to contribute to a range of related research activities as part of their day-to-day role.


You should have a PhD in geotechnical engineering, or a relevant related field, with experience in handling laboratory and field testing/monitoring data and the production of high-quality journal publications. Knowledge of data synthesis, analysis, archiving, and visualisation techniques is highly desirable. A licence to drive in the UK is a requirement.


You will be based in the School of Engineering, working on the EPSRC funded ACHILLES (Assessment, Costing and enhancement of long life Long Linear Assets) Programme led by Newcastle University in collaboration with a number of other universities, the British Geological Survey and major infrastructure owners. The Programme aims to better understand how linear infrastructure can be better designed, maintained, and monitored to improve resilience to future climate. This role will specifically be aligned to work related to levee (flood embankment) resilience.


For more information about the School of Engineering, and our research, please click here.


We’re celebrating 150 years of Science, Agriculture and Engineering. Although a huge amount has changed over the last 150 years, one thing has stayed the same: our commitment to making a difference. We’re educating the next generation of experts and tackling the biggest challenges facing our planet. Our innovative work has always focused on making a difference to people’s lives and you can be part of it.


We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.


The post is offered on a full-time basis (37 hours per week) and is fixed-term, tenable from 1st February 2023 – 31st December 2023 in the first instance.


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.


For informal queries regarding the role or the project, please contact Dr. Ross Stirling, Lecturer in Civil and Geospatial Engineering, at:


Key Accountabilities

  • Pro-actively work with members of the ACHILLES team to assemble research outputs into high quality forms of dissemination, including manuscripts for high quality journals, posters, presentations, web pages, workshops, outreach, and other impact-related activity
  • Pro-actively contribute research expertise and skills; assist with administrative support to the PI and ACHILLES consortium
  • For the BIONICS Research Embankment Facility: design and undertake experiments; procure, set up and maintain instrumentation; ensure safe working practices (i.e., risk assessment) for all users of and visitors to the field site
  • Manage, analyse, and interpret data; make data accessible to partners; manage Programme web pages accordingly
  • When required, undertake laboratory experiments and/or numerical modelling to improve understanding of field data
  • Set-up and run a programme of research to an agreed schedule that supports the wider ACHILLES vision, and interact closely with other ACHILLES researchers and collaborators
  • Assist in the supervision of undergraduate and MSc projects which are relevant and beneficial to the programme of work


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A developing track record of peer reviewed publications in internationally recognised journals and experience of presentation of work to the national/international research community
  • Knowledge and experience of geotechnical instrumentation and telemetry, and experience of conducting monitoring campaigns
  • Experience of setting-up and running laboratory-scale experiments
  • Good data analytical skills, with the ability to work methodically and accurately in designing, executing, and writing up research independently
  • Experience of collaborative or consortium working with academic and industrial partners


  • Experience in web page authoring


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability and willingness to communicate your research at national and international conferences, to fellow academics in other disciplines and to stakeholders
  • The ability to work well independently and be a pro-active member of a team, good planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Willingness to undertake work flexibly in response to varying demands



  • A good bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant subject e.g., Engineering, Environmental Science
  • PhD (or awaiting award) in a relevant science or engineering discipline
  • Driving licence (UK)



The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24703