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NUAcT McGregor Fellowship in Shipping

We are looking to grow our research in Shipping and closely related areas (especially transport and logistics) in distinctive and innovative ways and welcome candidates from across - and between - all disciplines related to these areas.

Applications now open. Closing date 15 April

We are looking to grow our research in Shipping and closely related areas (especially transport and logistics) in distinctive and innovative ways and welcome candidates from across - and between - all disciplines related to these areas. Key to our ambition is a desire to actively help the shipping and related sectors in their quest to achieve net zero.

If your expertise and passion lie in areas such as: analysing shipping and logistics systems; helping transport operations to become both greener and smarter; investigating pathways to net zero intermodal transport; exploiting the potential of logistics data; maximising the potential of intelligent and smart systems; enhancing transport safety, cyber security and resilience; then we’d love to hear from you.

Our NUAcT Fellowship in Shipping will galvanise and build research momentum across the University around a number of different opportunity areas, embedding the Fellow into a supportive multidisciplinary environment, which includes our Newcastle University Centre of Research Excellence in Mobility and Transport and our Marine, Offshore and Subsea Technology Research Group at the School of Engineering. There will be opportunities too to develop links with researchers across the University in areas beyond shipping and logistics such as for example computing science, civil engineering, geography, energy systems and business.

Transport, Shipping and Marine Technology at Newcastle University

The School of Engineering (and its predecessors) have a long tradition (>100 years) of teaching and researching in the broad areas of transport, shipping and marine technology. The School maintains strong connections with industry – for example with the Port of Tyne and both its 2050 Maritime Innovation Hub and Clean Energy Testbed, in addition we have an active and committed Industrial Advisory Board which we work closely with.  We have a long and successful track record in completing both industrial and publicly funded research projects; for example we have been successful in receiving funding for a number of significant research projects on both smart ports and green shipping corridors under the UK Government’s Clean Maritime Demonstrator competitions. We have also played a key role in the EPSRC funded Network Plus on Decarbonising UK Freight Transport. We have been most fortunate to receive philanthropic funding from a number of generous benefactors to support our research with this Fellowship generously part-funded by the McGregor Endowment. We have a proud tradition of graduating PhD alumni who now work all over the world.

The latest stage in the evolution of our shipping and related research at Newcastle continues with the move of our group to the state-of the-art redeveloped Stephenson Building in summer 2024 which will provide a rich and vibrant environment for our colleagues to progress their research and where we will be co-located with our colleagues in transport and future mobility.

The research trajectory of the School of Engineering in the shipping and related areas is focused broadly around three domains of increasing importance and value:

  • Finding solutions to today’s key sustainability challenges;
  • Understanding both design and risk aspects of shipping and logistics networks;
  • Maximising the benefits that data and digital technologies can bring.

The Fellowship will have a broad focus bridging technology, policy, regulation and applications addressing the challenges and opportunities that the decarbonisation and net zero agendas pose. These include areas related but not limited to:

  • Shipping and logistics network design
  • Intelligent and smart systems exploiting data potential
  • Safety, cyber security and resilience
  • Intermodality, ports and logistics infrastructure.

We welcome interest from applicants across the broad breadth of shipping, , logistics systems, ports and logistics infrastructure, policy and regulation, and data and intelligence. Recent PhD (1-5) years with evidence of a strong research trajectory. Ideally some international experience / orientation. Capable of working with other disciplines to progress solutions to complex problems that require interdisciplinary solutions. Team player but with the intellectual independence to allow pursuing own initiative and take a lead on progressing research initiatives. The Fellow will also have a unique opportunity to develop their specialist teaching interests via our range of degree programmes and in particular our MSc in Shipping and Logistics which has been running very successfully since the 1990s and attracts students from all over the world.

For questions about the application process please see our FAQs.  

Salary: £45,585- £48,350 per annum

Initial fixed-term appointment for five years (or five years’ full-time equivalent if working part-time) with progression to an open-ended contract subject to successful review. Details on full offer here.

Apply for this Fellowship

All applications must be submitted via Newcastle University's online recruitment portal and must contain all of the documents listed in the Candidate Briefing Pack.

Applications close at 11:59pm on 15 April 2024.