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Research Assistant/Associate in Green Shipping Corridors

Requisition ID:  24925

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  17-Jan-2023


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.


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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: 15 February 2023


The Role


Do you have a prior research background in Engineering and an interest in applying that to shipping decarbonisation? 


The School of Engineering at Newcastle University are seeking to appoint an experienced researcher to join a team of dedicated engineers on The Clean Tyne Shipping Corridor project funded under the Maritime Demonstration Competition. 

Our consortium includes Arup, Connected Places Catapult, EDF Energy R&D UK, Lloyd’s Register and the North East LEP and this group of specialists aims to support the zero-emission shipping mission and Government's Clean Maritime Plan by undertaking a feasibility study to establish a green shipping corridor from the UK north-east shore with the vision to join up with the European Green Corridors Network. The outcomes of the project will be used as the blueprint to drive rapid diffusion and mobilise demand for green shipping.


As a Research Assistant/Associate, you will be a central member of the team, focusing on research, undertake gap analysis for zero-emission energy sources, vessel design, landside infrastructure, energy management, regulation and policy. You will also lead on creating an implementation roadmap to act as the 'Blueprint' for green shipping corridors for UK regional ports in the wider context of whole system decarbonisation.


The successful candidate will have experience of academic research and collaborative projects. You will demonstrate how your engineering knowledge, which could include marine, mechanical, transport or energy systems, can be applied in a maritime engineering context to undertake this project.


You should hold a PhD (or nearing completion), or have comparable industrial experience, in a field relevant to Maritime Engineering. Additionally, evidence of successfully working in diverse consortia is highly desirable.


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


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 appointment is fixed-term, tenable for 12 months in the first instance. The position is available on a full-time basis (37 hours per week). 


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 Alan J Murphy, Reader in Maritime Engineering, at:


Key Accountabilities 
•    Work on the different tasks in the research project to generate project deliverables in a timely manner and meet the project objectives  
•    Undertaking the research to determine appropriate zero-carbon shipping fuels and their integration into vessel and landside infrastructure, including bunkering 
•    Undertaking high-level vessel & machinery system design for integration of zero-carbon ship technologies  
•    Undertaking an assessment of the landside infrastructure, energy management systems, regulation and policy necessary to support alternative green shipping corridor options. 
•    Leading on integrating the outputs from the project to create an implementation roadmap to act as the 'Blueprint' for green shipping corridors 
•    Coordinating, writing, and presenting of industrial reports and professional papers for publication and to our industrial partners 
The Person 
Knowledge, Skills and Experience  

•    Knowledge of relevant aspects of engineering 
•    Knowledge of Green Shipping Corridors and the decarbonisation of shipping 
•    Knowledge of relevant shipping regulation 
•    The ability to carry out high-level vessel and machinery system design 
•    An emerging publication portfolio showing evidence of work with an increasing impact in your field and/or discipline, evidence of high-quality journal publications and internationally recognised papers  

•    Relevant industrial experience 
•    Experience working in large multi-institutional projects 
•    Experience of writing and submitting successful research grant proposals 
Attributes and Behaviour 
•    Strong interpersonal and team-working skills 
•    High level of analytical and problem-solving capacity 
•    Evidence of developing effective working relationships and exhibiting strong networking skills to support collaboration 
•    Demonstrable experience of working in a multidisciplinary team environment and actively supporting the development of a collaborative research culture 
•    Communicates complex information clearly and adapts communication styles to suit the audience 
•    Professional approach with a commitment to equality, diversity, dignity, and respect in the workplace 
•    PhD awarded (or nearing completion), or equivalent experience in industrial R&D, in an area relevant to Maritime Engineering 
•    Evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD) 



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: 24925