Research Fellow in Macro and Micro Logistics

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £34,304 per annum
06 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
02 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £34,304 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/06/2024)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 02 November 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1536721DA

You will join the team led by Professor Tom Cherrett (Transportation Research Group) working on the Department for Transport’s, Future Transport Zones, Macro and Micro Logistics projects. 

Responsible for overseeing and contributing to fundamental research into how consolidation centres (macros logistics) can effectively function to reduce the number of delivery vehicles travelling into urban centres and to what extent they are viable for different types of private and municipal clients. You will also work with the project partners and a variety of private sector companies to simulate and evaluate possible micro logistics concepts (e.g. last-mile delivery concepts using cargo cycles, porters, autonomous vehicles) before working with them to implement feasibility trials on the ground in locations across the Solent Region.

The research will involve working with a series of industrial partners and local authorities, utilising a variety of data sets ranging from significant post-round historic data sets from logistics companies showing origin – destination movements of goods to GPS data of delivery vehicles operating second-by-second across different geographical areas.

The findings, methods and systems developed are expected to be of sufficient scientific novelty and application that they will be published in leading transport scientific journals. You will disseminate the research findings at project meetings, international conferences, industrial and public engagement events. As an experienced researcher, you will be responsible for supporting general research activity at the University of Southampton and encouraging PhD, MSc and Undergraduate student engagement in the research.

You be successful you will have a PhD (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience) in Logistics, Transport Management, Operational Research. In addition you will demonstrate independent research, with a publications track record to match, and the ability to work with other academics, local and central Government and industry. It is important you are able to work to conflicting deadlines and possess good organisational and time management skills, pay close attention to detail, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Existing experience of urban logistics operations will be an advantage.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+ 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*, 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 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 The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Lizzie Cessford on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750. Please quote reference 1536721DA number on all correspondence.