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Research Associate in Quantitative Geography

Requisition ID:  1337

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  29-Nov-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: £30,942.00 - £40,322.00 

Closing Date: 15 January 2020


The role


We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate with interdisciplinary interests in quantitative geography, urban data science, and geovisualization. The work will examine smart city surveillance technologies; involve urban data collection, analytics and visualization; AI/ML, and will work across disciplinary boundaries.


You will have an opportunity to work with incoming PhDs in the newly created Geospatial Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (https://research.ncl.ac.uk/geospatial-systems/) and the Spatial Analysis and Modelling lab (SAM) at Newcastle.


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.


This is a full time, fixed term post available for the duration of 36 months.


For general enquiries please email Jeremy.Crampton@newcastle.ac.uk 


Key Accountabilities


  • To use and develop expertise in geospatial data, technology and coding
  • To organize and undertake experimental and field-based research including AI and ML
  • To analyse and visualize urban data
  • Ability to communicate complex information both orally and in writing, including at external seminars and conferences as necessary
  • To draft research outputs independently and in collaboration with the project team for publication in high quality journals and books
  • To help develop new research bids



The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Specific substantive knowledge of theories and practices in the fields of social science, spatial justice, or urban and regional governance
  • Programming language such as Python, JavaScript, or equivalent (provide details of prior experience)
  • Data analysis eg R or equivalent (provide details of prior experience)
  • Prior research experience, project management or development


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Willingness to work in interdisciplinary (social/computer science) environment
  • Ability to learn and apply new techniques and tools in spatial data
  • Willingness to contribute to grant writing and development




  • PhD in any discipline relevant to quantitative geography


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.


Requisition ID: 1337