Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Updated: 5 days ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 13 Feb 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £ £43,367 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

This full time post is available from 1 March 2019 on a fixed term basis until 1 March 2020 to support the work of Prof. Edward Keedwell on the Innovate UK funded project "Multi-Horizon Digital Twin Models for Transportation", a collaboration between the University, City Science and Lightfoot. 

This is one of two posts working on a project to simulate and optimise traffic flows within cities with a focus on Exeter. The project will explore the use of 'digital twins' to simulate the transportation system and state-of-the-art optimisation algorithms to maximise traffic flows, minimising journey times and CO2 emissions.

Your role will involve the creation of algorithms (e.g. metaheuristics including evolutionary algorithms and hyperheuristics) that will optimise parameters such as the scheduling of signals, routing and other variables to optimise the flow of traffic through cities.  You will need good programming skills and underpinning knowledge of metaheuristic and hyperheuristic algorithms, preferably with application to a real-world problem.  You will also need excellent team-working skills and an ability to innovate within the academic and industrial environments.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities.  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

The department of Computer Science sits within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter and is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, onsite gym, cycle to work scheme, sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

For further information, please contact Professor Ed Keedwell, E.C.Keedwell@exeter.ac.uk or (01392) 724014. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 


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