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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Population Modelling for Urban Analytics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in computer simulation, statistics, and data analytics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?

Cities have emerged as the dominant form of economic and social organisation at a global scale.  The new science of urban analytics envisions step changes in the health, prosperity, welfare and the quality of life for city inhabitants. It proposes to do this through the extraction of value from new and emerging forms of data, and by the development and deployment of methods in artificial intelligence and data science.As a long-established centre of excellence for spatial analysis and geocomputation, Leeds is taking a leading role in driving the international research agenda for urban analytics.  

The Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) at the University of Leeds, in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute, is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to join our emerging Urban Analytics group. We are looking for an ambitious and driven researcher with the capability, inventiveness and initiative to work alongside our established team of internationally recognised academics to drive this activity to higher levels.

LIDA currently hosts 36 major programmes with research funding in the order of £50 million ( Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to develop international collaborations and relationships by working with scientists overseas at our partner Universities.  This position will therefore provide outstanding new networks for postdoctoral researchers to develop an exceptional programme of research innovation in line with the main aims of the project.

You should have a PhD (or be very close to obtaining a PhD) in Geography, Computer Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Physics – or a related discipline with a significant component of programming and/or data science – and be able to demonstrate a combination of enthusiasm and expertise in computational modelling and data analysis. 

You will be primarily responsible for building a dynamic microsimulation model for high resolution population estimation. The model will be used for a wide range of policy ananlysis within both urban and non-urban areas. Therefore, expertise in individual based modelling (e.g. microsimulation, agent based modelling) would be a distinct advantage.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Nik Lomax

Tel: + 44(0)113 343 3321, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Geography
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Fixed term for 2 years)
Release Date:  Wednesday 18 December 2019
Closing Date:  Friday 17 January 2020
Reference:  ENVGE1114
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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