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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 Research Assistant or Associate to take a lead in the development and application of federated digital twin approaches as part of the WILSON project, a four-year funded by Horizon Europe through the UKRI Horizon Europe guarantee scheme.

You will take a leading role in developing and applying federated digital twin approaches using some of the latest developments in Personalised Data Hubs (PDH) and International Data Space (IDS) principles. You will support the development of the use cases for energy and non-energy services by enabling data sharing and utilisation across various domains. You will support the development of a predictive maintenance tool to train asset degradation models using homogenous asset data from the building portfolio.

You will have access to one of the largest city scale urban observatories, the Newcastle Urban Observatory, which you will use to demonstrate the federated digital twin approach developed in the WILSON project.

You will have the unique opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment, collaborating closely with 15 research consortium partners, including universities, SMEs, and industry leaders from across Europe. You will also represent Newcastle University at project meetings throughout Europe.

You will also play a key role in helping the project team test the research outcomes in the WILSON living labs and large-scale pilots, including the local Newcastle Helix.

This full-time position (37 hours per week) is available immediately on a fixed-term basis for up to 48 months or until the project concludes, whichever comes first. To apply, please upload your CV and a cover letter detailing how your experience meets the requirements outlined in the job description.

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.