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Research Fellow in Travel Behaviour, User Experience and Autonomous Vehicles

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
£36,024 - £44,263 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Academic Discipline
Psychology, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Research Fellow in Travel Behaviour, User Experience and Autonomous Vehicles (Fixed term 1 year, Full Time)

Edinburgh Napier University is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Fellow (1 year fixed term) to be involved in the globally leading CAV Forth autonomous buses (AB1) project. You will have the opportunity to work alongside an enthusiastic and interdisciplinary research team including renowned academics and researchers in our Transport Research Institute, ranked among the first 200 academic departments in the field of transportation by the Shanghai Rankings.

The study is an important step towards ensuring an inclusive usability of automated passenger services, will produce a validation of the tasks required from passengers of the AB1 connecting Edinburgh to Fife in Scotland, one of the most advanced implementations of automation in bus services in the world.

The Research Fellow will plan, organise, undertake, and disseminate research to achieve the objectives of the “CAV Forth Task Analysis” project. This will entail both independent research work and working in collaboration with the other involved researchers.

For more details, visit our website: The CAV Forth Project – A Revolution in Public Bus Transportation or watch this video -

Further information about the School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment can be found here. Additional facts and figures on the University can be found here.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Formulate the research plan, develop protocols and tools for the observational study and focus groups.
  • Lead and participate in data collection through observational study and focus groups, supervise the activities or other data collectors, manage the data, ensure the implementation of state-of-the art ethics and health & safety standards.
  • Apply appropriate qualitative analysis (and statistical tools) to derive meaningful insights from the collected data.
  • Author the project’s final deliverables and take the lead in preparing peer-reviewed journal publications and conference presentation to disseminate the results to the scientific community.
  • Handle day-to-day management of the project, including meetings with Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and meetings of the Edinburgh Napier research team.

For a detailed role description, please click here. Informal inquiries can be made to Prof Achille Fonzone -

Our Benefits

Salary: £36,024-£44,263 per annum (Grade 5)

As the #1 Modern University in Scotland, Edinburgh Napier is here to make a difference. This is only possible because of the people that work here – it’s our people that make us great. And with our people at the heart of what we do, it’s important that you are supported and rewarded.

We are committed to providing a wide range of benefits including:

  • minimum of 41 days annual leave and the option to purchase additional annual leave
  • employer pension contributions of 20.8%
  • a wide range of learning and development opportunities
  • opportunity to join our staff inclusion and support networks
  • access to our benefits platform Vivup which includes huge range of discounts across the UK’s major retailers, health care discounts and Cycle to Work (click here for more info)
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme

For more information on our benefits, click here.

Who we are looking for

  • A PhD in transport planning, human factors, experimental psychology, behavioural science.
  • Track record of qualitative and quantitative research on human behaviour, possibly on task analysis.
  • Track record of successful research planning and management (including for dissertation and theses).
  • Excellent communication skills – oral, writing and presentation of data.
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently with a high degree of initiative.
  • Good timekeeping and time management skills including ability to prioritise tasks.
  • Ability to contribute to new ideas.

Additional Information

Closing date: 3rd December 2023 @ 11:59 pm

Interviews: 12 and 13 of December

Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams.

We’re looking for the selected candidate to be available to start by February 2024.

We don’t look for culture fit, but culture add. We value all the perspectives our team brings to the table, and we want to hear from YOU. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions, and will look at candidates holistically, balancing work, education, and additional experiences.

Edinburgh Napier is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels proud, confident, challenged and supported and are holders of Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Diversity Champion status. Please see here for more information.


Living wage

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EH14 1DJ
United Kingdom

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