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Maritime Safety Research Centre Research Associate

Research Associate x 2
Transport: Advanced and Modular

MSRC seeks to employ a Research Associate to participate in an ongoing research project. The post holder will work on the EU-funded Horizon2020 project “Transport: Advanced and Modular – TrAM”. The main aim of the project is to develop and validate a concept for waterborne transport by implementing modular design and production methods, with a main focus on electrically powered vessels operating in protected waters (coastal areas and inland waterways). The project will lead to significant reduction of construction costs and engineering hours for new vessels, operating with zero emissions. The appointee will join a multidisciplinary international team with industrial partners from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and UK.

As a Research Associate, you will play a key role in this project as part of a team, working under the general supervision of more senior colleagues. You will conduct literature reviews, develop new ship designs, analyse their performance and optimise them, develop questionnaires, conduct surveys, collect and collate data, and undertake and record the outcomes of experiments. You will manage and prioritise your own workload and ensure that all activities are completed to deadlines and you will write up the results of your own research and contribute to the production of research reports and publications. You will input as a team member to administrative activities and assist, where required, with relevant teaching and knowledge exchange activities.

To be considered for the role, you should have a good honours degree and PhD in the relevant engineering subjects. You should have proven capability to write high quality research papers and knowledge of appropriate research methods. It is important to have an ability to plan and prioritise your own workload, with general supervision, and you will have an ability to work within a team environment. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are very essential, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences and publish in high impact factor journals.