Post-doctoral Research Fellow - School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy

Dublin, Leinster (IE)
11 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
18 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a temporary post of a UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 or 2 within UCD School of Architecture Planning and Environmental policy

Applications are invited from enthusiastic and talented individuals for a post-doctorate research position which will contribute to the Horizon 2020 funded project WeCount. The position is available in the area of citizen engagement and qualitative evaluation. 

Cities currently account for only 1% of the earth's surface. However, they also account for half of the world's population, 67% of the global primary energy demand, and 71% of the global energy-related CO2 emissions. Energy consumption, pollution and other urban challenges are, to a large extent, a result of our current mobility systems. Road transport and citizens' behaviour is the root cause of a variety of societal problems ranging from road safety, air and noise pollution, urban health issues to the liveability of our communities. Particularly urban and suburban areas suffer from these adverse effects, and areas exposed to high road traffic volumes go hand in hand with social deprivation. Obtaining reliable and updated traffic data is fundamental to understanding the complex links between our urban infrastructure, transport systems and people's day-to-day practices. Traffic counts help authorities and scientists make sense of urban mobility and are instrumental to assess its impacts and consequently improve planning. However, while local authorities are under pressure to tackle the adverse effects of traffic, they rely on high cost, spatially and temporally restricted traffic counting techniques to gather data.

As sensing technologies become more accessible to laypeople and citizens increasingly engage with participatory science projects there is a real opportunity to radically change the way traffic data is produced, analysed and used for scientific and policy outcomes in the field of mobility. WeCount aims to empower citizens to take a leading role in the production of data, evidence and knowledge around mobility in their own neighbourhoods, and at the street level. The project will follow participatory citizen science methods to co-create and use innovative low cost, automated, road traffic counting sensors and multi-stakeholder engagement mechanisms in 5 pilots in Madrid, Ljubljana, Dublin, Cardiff and Leuven.

PD1 Salary: €38,631 - €44,658 per annum
PD2 Salary: €45,942 - €48,626 per annum
Appointment on the above range will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 18th January 2021

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV's submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.