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Research Fellow in Urban Analytics

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £35,845 Per Annum
Fixed Term Contract
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Friday 04 October 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 03 November 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  079519

The University of Surrey is looking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher for a 16-month post in the field of urban analytics. The post is part of two innovative research projects funded by United Kingdom Research and Innovation.


The first project (75%) is the  international DeSCIPHER project studying co-benefits of nature based solutions in urban areas. Within this project our specific research contribution is the analysis of public use of urban parks using spatial interaction models and publicly available data from social media and other forms of shared geographical information. This is an exciting international project with world-leading project partners in the UK, Norway and China.


The second project (25%) is part of the wider Landscape Decisions programme. In this project you will work with investigators at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mathematics of the University of Surrey. We will use Bayesian statistics to estimate Cellular Automata model of urban growth for functional urban regions across Europe. The results will be used to identify and compare modes of change and to explore future trajectories of urban growth.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated candidate to join our team. You should have a PhD, or be near to completion, in a relevant discipline with experience in working with large spatial datasets, good mathematical skills and knowledge of Bayesian statistics in particular. To discuss the position informally contact


You will join a lively research team active across both Department and will be based in the Geoinformation Lab of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your research profile and network, through publications and interdisciplinary, international collaboration. 

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,302) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,236).

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