Research Assistant in Urban Systems and Infrastructure Comparative Study

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral associate position in civil engineering to join University of Cambridge. The funds for this position are available for 6 months. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before November 23, 2018.

A position exists, for a Research Assistant in the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), Department of Engineering, to work on a Digital Twin project investigating its relationship with urban governance in the Cambridge sub-region. The project is funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and will focus on how currently existing governance systems – both in terms of their structural and cultural characteristics – influence the conceptualisation, form, content and implementation of a city’s “Digital Twin” (i.e. a digital representation of its assets, processes or systems in the built or natural environment that supports improved decision-making).

The key responsibilities and duties are conducting desk-based research and collecting secondary data on emerging city-level digital twin prototypes in various cities in different locations within the UK and beyond, developing a comparative framework to contrast the findings with the results of a case study based on the Cambridge sub-region, collect, process and analyse primary data from key informants from the cities chosen for comparison. The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are experience in collecting, coding and analysing both secondary and primary qualitative data; very good communication and writing skills; research interest and experience in urban studies and contemporary urban governance. Experience in using specialised software for qualitative data processing (e.g. NVivo) and familiarity with comparative research design is desirable. The post holder must have obtained (or is close to obtaining) a Master’s degree (or Bachelor’s plus equivalent research experience) in a relevant field such as social or political science, social geography, architecture or civil engineering.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

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

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter, with name and contact information of 2 referees, 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. The closing date for applications is 23 November 2018 (Interviews dates: 28-29 November). If you have any technical questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr Timea Nochta (; if you have questions about the application process, please contact CSIC Administrator (


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