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Come and work with us! InnovateUK project Catch! Citizens at the City’s Heart

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to work on the InnovateUK project Catch! Citizens at the City’s Heart. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the project investigators to build a real-time data visualisation portal and work on the development of a ‘data analysis toolbox’ including journey-planning, route choice, behavioural simulation and ‘what if?’ policy analysis.

The Project

The Catch! industrial research project brings together high growth SMEs, leading research centres, a world class transport consultancy and 5 forward thinking Local Authorities to launch a prototype, state-of-the-art real-time data service, based on ambient crowdsourcing. Poor planning, growing cities, shrinking budgets and pollution are compounding transport problems.

Meantime the explosion in smartphone ownership and app usage has created new ways to sense the world, weather, congestion and the movement of crowds. Catch! aims to produce an evidenced, data-based approach to solving transport related problems, feeding a collective intelligence so citizens have more personalised results.

Transport planners will benefit from more granular data, whilst citizens will have greater personalisation in the travel information provided. The granularity, breadth and timeliness of Catch! data will allow an evolution in analytical and visualisation techniques, yielding new insights into transport usage, demand and operation. Catch! will provide Local Authorities with rich detail on their transport systems so they can evaluate pinch points, identify trends and make more informed decisions.

Key Requirements

  • You should have a PhD (or be very close to obtaining a PhD) in Computer Science or a related discipline such as; social science or engineering with a significant component of programming and/ or data analytics and be able to demonstrate a combination of enthusiasm and expertise in computation and data management/analysis.
  • You will have experience in developing new software tools for data analysis, modelling and visualisation. Part of the job will involve the creation of an online data portal where users can view real-time information about the transport system based on data collected by external partners.
  • You will have an emerging track record in the publication of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed publications combined with excellent all round skills as an independent researcher.
  • Excellent communications skills are essential in order to work in a multidisciplinary research environment.

Further Information

You will be located within the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA), which has been established with more than £20 million of funding from the University and four major research councils, including The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Find out more on the University of Leeds Website.

Closing Date: 23 March 2016