Post Doctoral Research Associate

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Oct 2022

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Faculty of Engineering and Environment
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Northumbria is a research-intensive modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Ranked in the UK top 50 (Guardian University League Table 202 2 and Complete University Guide 2023 ), Northumbria recorded the biggest rise of any UK university for research power in the Research Excellence Framework for the second time in 2021 and is now rated within the top 25 in the UK.

At Northumbria, we embrace tomorrow. We pursue new thinking, forge new partnerships, create and exchange new knowledge, and find new solutions. Our inspirational academics, partners and students work together to tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. We are ready for the future whatever it may hold. We are looking for future colleagues that share our ambition.

The Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University engages with the full spectrum of disciplines that shape the future of our built environment including Architecture, Interior Architecture, Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying. Building Surveying and Real Estate. Achieving excellence in research is our drive as evident in our latest REF2021 power rankings where the Department is ranked 11th in the UK. 

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in Architecture and Urbanism. The successful candidate will support Professor Ashraf Salama in a series of research activities encompassing the development and writing of research bids, development of research outputs, and dissemination of research findings in international conferences and academic events. The appointee will be based at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment.

Our key interest is to examine the reciprocal impacts of people and built environments. Our research aims to generate positive impacts on shaping the future of buildings and cities by influencing policy and decision making. The postholder will engage in research activities focusing on responding to timely and critical questions, central to both developed and developing countries, on urban growth, urban continuity and fragmentation; sustainable and resilient urbanism from a socio-cultural perspective; regenerating and retrofitting cities; the quality of urban life, health, and liveability as they relate to buildings and urban environments; architectural and urban identity; and multiculturalism.

We adopt diverse lines of inquiry including the development of theoretically debated & empirically validated frameworks for examining buildings, spaces, and cities; lifestyle trends & housing transformations; socio-spatial practice of migrant communities; knowledge economy & sustainable urban qualities; image- and place-making; informality & examining urban traditions; user-centred assessment of designed environments.

We will consider high-quality applications in areas relevant to the above lines of inquiries and from candidates with previous research experience. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with strengths in at least two of the following areas:

  • Quality of urban life research and/or environmental psychology research (Environment-Behaviour Studies) including aspects of health and liveability.
  • Trans-disciplinary co-production of architectural and urban knowledge.
  • Sustainable and resilient urbanism in emerging/globalized cities from a socio-cultural perspective.
  • Lifestyle trends & housing transformations.
  • Socio-spatial practice of migrant communities.

You must have completed, or near completion of, a PhD in architecture, urban design, urban planning, or a related discipline. You will have experience in conducting architectural and urban research, experience in relevant software packages for visual, spatial, and statistical analysis, and demonstrate a growing record of publications. Priority will be given to candidates who have significant experience in contributing to funded research applications and competitive bids.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy, please contact Professor Ashraf Salama, Head of Department of Architecture and Built Environment via Helen Wrigley at

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all documents into a single file.

Northumbria is one of the largest universities in the UK with over 37,000 students from 137 countries. Putting students at the heart of an outstanding experience, and with world-leading research and award-winning partnerships, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.  Discover more about us

Northumbria University is a great place to work.  We empower our exceptional people to achieve shared ambitions and promote a positive work life balance.  To say thank you, we offer a wide range of benefits including excellent pension schemes, flexible working, a generous holiday entitlement, continued commitment to your learning and development and more .

We are an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager. 

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.  We are also a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers. The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.  

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about Relocation Assistance

Please note this vacancy will close on 06/10/2022

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