Research Assistant/associate in infrastructure Resilience and Asset Management

A Postdoc position is available at University of Cambridge. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. The deadline for applying is September 30, 2018.

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on the EU-funded project SAFEWAYGIS-Based Infrastructure Management System for Optimized Response to Extreme Events on Terrestrial Transport Networks. The project aims at improving through-life performance and reliability of complex engineering systems such as aerospace engines by better use of emerging data management and sensing technologies.

The researcher will work in the Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory (DIAL) at the Institute for Manufacturing. The researcher’s responsibilities will include developing predictive models for critical infrastructure assets that consider measured structural performance and trends observed in large databases to estimate the risks of future infrastructure damage, shutdown and deterioration. Projections of second, third-order, and long-term consequences will also be assessed. The researcher will also be involved in the development of a robust decision support framework for terrestrial transportation infrastructure management by considering diverse types of risks related to natural and man-made extreme events and then balancing stakeholders’ demands and optimising priorities over asset types. The objective is to find the optimum balance between long-term risk minimisation and available financial resources.

The researchers’ expertise will include infrastructure network risk analysis, reliability engineering, predictive maintenance, and optimisation. Appreciation and knowledge in data management and experience of the transportation sector is desirable. Experience in working with industrial partners on research projects is essential.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and two relevant publications in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Rebecca Fowler ( To discuss the role please contact Dr Ajith Parlikad (


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