Research Fellow, School of Natural and Built Environment

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Sunday, 26 January 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 17 February 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 17/02/2020  
Salary £33,797 to £40,322 per annum  
Job category/type Research

Job description

The Research Fellow Future Cities post is an exciting opportunity to establish the Future Cities area within the rich disciplinary context of The School of Natural and Built Environment; a forum for wide ranging, leading edge design urban research. This will develop, critique and communicate ideas of place, environment and sustainability to define the limits of contemporary and future urban space. 

The city has a 6000 year history and by 2050 68% of the world's population will be urban. Challenges facing the future city demand enquiry, analysis and new insights developed through innovative inter-disciplinary and multi-partner design research, tested through impactful applied projects. Future Cities engages scholarship and practice from diverse backgrounds to consider aesthetics, spatial organisation and operation, sustainability, infrastructures, governance, the value of place and how we live, as the context for new conceptions of the urban. This will explore, define and design the nature of the 21st century city, acknowledging the necessity to reimagine the idea of the city within a digitally infused and spatially attenuated age with significant environmental challenges.

The successful appointee will help establish an MSc Future Cities as a dynamic, research driven testbed, connecting with wide ranging interests and areas of work within the School, University, city, region and beyond. At its core the course will identify, research, develop and communicate testable design-based responses to key societal challenges. Future Cities will develop and connect practice and theory through ground breaking projects, applied work, research and pilot studies.

Working with the Professor of Future Cities, the successful candidate will be doctorally qualified, professionally trained in an aligned discipline such as architecture, landscape architecture or urbanism. You will have high level research and teaching experience and the ability to engage with internal and external collaborative partners, both nationally and internationally. The ability to develop social media presence, external events, work with professional bodies and connect with a wide engaged network is desirable.  This post is available for 36 months in the first instance.

The successful candidate must have: 

  • PhD in a topic related to urbanism, landscape architecture or architecture.
  • Professionally qualified to at least masters level in a design-based discipline such as architecture, landscape architecture or urban design.
  • At least 3 years' relevant research experience in fields relating to urbanism, landscape architecture and/or architecture.
  • Evidence of post-doctoral external funding applications and international research activity.

Queen's University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK's most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. We are ranked 1st in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

Candidate Information

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to Professor Gary Boyd g.boyd@qub.ac.uk 

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