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Senior Research Fellow in Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £49,553 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 36 months
Closing Date:  Tuesday 09 March 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1336721DA

Solent Future Transport Zone posts.

You will join the University of Southampton working on the Future Transport Zone (FTZ) programme, a £28.75 million project funded by the Department for Transport to trial innovative and sustainable ways to move people and goods. This is a multidisciplinary project in collaboration with the University of  Portsmouth and Solent Transport, comprising Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight Council, and Hampshire County Council. The University of Southampton will develop and test a  Mobility as a Service (MaaS) App in collaboration with a MaaS provider and investigate travel behaviour change to reduce private car usage, making travel journeys smarter and greener within the Solent sub-region. The University will also undertake monitoring and evaluation to assess the extent that the programme will change travel behaviour, reduced congestion,  improve air quality, tackle climate change and transform the Solent sub-region into a better place to live and work.

This post is full time fixed term for three years due to funding restrictions.

It is essential you have a PhD (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience) in Behavioural Science, Human Factors, Industrial Design and/or Transport studies. You will demonstrate a track record of research and the ability to work with other academics, local and central Government and industry.  In addition you will be able to manage conflicting deadlines and time constraints, possess effective organisational and time management skills, pay close attention to detail, and have excellent interpersonal skills.

You will be responsible for the development and application of primary research to assist in the design and testing of the MaaS tool. This will use the principles of User Centred Ecological Interface Design (including the use of Cognitive Work Analysis) and Iterative Inclusive Design to test up to four cycles of the design and development process. This will involve liaising with other academics at the Universities of Portsmouth and Southampton working on barriers and drivers to the uptake of MaaS, and the impacts of MaaS on travel behaviour and the environment. The findings and methods developed are expected to be of sufficient scientific novelty and application that they will lead to publications in leading transport scientific journals. This is a great opportunity to develop your career as you will disseminate the research findings at project meetings, international conferences, and industrial events. As well as being responsible for supporting general research activity at the University of Southampton and encouraging PhD, MSc and Undergraduate students in related research activity.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy* and onsite childcare facilities.

 The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this is through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

 *subject to qualifying criteria 

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 2380 592750. Please quote reference 1336721DA on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering


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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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