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Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

The role

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Research Assistant/Associate to lead our research efforts in the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within digital twin technologies.

Based in the School of Engineering, you will play a key role in advancing our understanding and implementation of AI-driven digital twins. In particular, your focus will be on developing novel solutions for the automated measurement of the productivity and emission of heavy construction equipment and the operational integrity of built assets.

Working under a project co-funded by Innovate UK, you will have the unique opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary environment, collaborating closely with leading businesses, including BIM Academy, xBIM, WEAREGRAYFOX. You will also play a key role in helping the project team embed the research outcomes into real-world impact by developing the AI component and supporting its integration into the software tool.

This is a full-time fixed-term position (37 hours per week) starting immediately and completing on 30th April 2026, with the possibility of extension. To apply, please upload a CV and letter of application which evidences how your skills, experience and knowledge align with the requirements in the job description.

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

About us

Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.

At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC. We are a Disability Confident employer and will offer an interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role as part of the offer and interview scheme.

In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.