Share this Job

Research Assistant/Associate in Transport Modelling

Requisition ID:  11483

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  06-Sep-2021


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: Research Assistant: £28,756 - £29,614 with progression to £30,497 per annum

            Research Associate: £31,406 - £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 4 October 2021


The Role


We are seeking a Research Associate/Assistant to work in the Future Mobility Group in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University on the INTERREG North-West Europe funded “eHUBS” project and follow-on Capitalisation project. eHUBS aims to introduce and assess the behavioural impact of electric mobility hubs in six European cities (and in three additional cities in the Capitalisation project). You will be expected to take an active role in analysing the data generated via questionnaire surveys. You will be based at the Newcastle University City Centre campus, working alongside other researchers in the Future Mobility Group. Some European and International travel may be required. 


You will benefit from having access to a wide range of Continuing Professional Development courses, some of which are accredited by professional organisations, amongst other employee benefits. The School of Engineering has a strong record in the Athena SWAN scheme. Athena SWAN advances gender equality with representation, progression and success for all. The School of Engineering was granted Bronze award in October 2018, valid for three years.


The position is available on a full time, fixed term basis until 30/10/2023.


For all informal enquiries please contact Dr Dilum Dissanayake via email: dilum.dissanayake@newcastle.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


The role will include a number of activities, including:

  • Working alongside colleagues in the analysis of eHUBS questionnaire data to gain an in depth understanding of people’s travel behaviour when using shared electric mobility to inform policies related behavioural change 
  • Designing and developing a choice modelling framework to process the Stated Preference, SP, and Revealed Preference, RP, data collected by the eHUBS questionnaires to estimate SP_RP combined models that can be used for policy analysis (reduction of carbon emission, improvements in travel time reliability)
  • Actively disseminate research outcomes, amongst the project partners and cities via meetings, reports and presentations, as well as preparing manuscripts for publication in high-quality journals and presentation at conferences


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Genuine interest in sustainable transport systems and emerging technologies
•    Analysis of travel behaviour data using discrete choice analysis
•    Use of choice modelling software e.g. either Gauss, Biogeme, NLOGIT 
•    Analysis of future policies on behavioural change 
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

•    Use of other statistical software packages or programming languages e.g. Matlab, R, Python (Desirable)
•    Understanding of other aspects of transport modelling apart from Discrete Choice Modelling such as classical 4-stage modelling (Desirable)
•    Spatio-temporal analysis using GIS (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

•    Strong interpersonal and team-working skills, to make a contribution as part of a multi-disciplinary team
•    Professionalism and Academic Excellence 
•    Transparency and Accountability 
•    Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity 
•    Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary 
•    Ambition and Aspiration 
•    Motivation and Passion 
•    Inquisitive, Creative and Imaginative 
•    Integrity and Respect 
•    Social Responsibility



•    A PhD awarded (Associate) or nearing completion (Assistant) in (travel) choice modelling



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.


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.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 11483