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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£30,942 - £40,322 per year dependent on experience
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

Job Summary

We are offering a fixed-term post of Research Assistant/Fellow concerning the organisation and running of urban co-design workshops. The post is intended to support the research work of the RGU research team working on URBANOME: Urban Observatory for Multi-participatory Enhancement of Health and Wellbeing, a multi partner project funded through the EU H2020 programme. Further details of the project can be found here:

The overall objective of URBANOME is to promote urban health, wellbeing and liveability, through systematically integrating health concerns in urban policies and the activities of urban citizens, on the basis of detailed and comprehensive evidence on environmental health determinants, the spatial distribution of these in the city, and the social distribution of their impact among different population groups, accounting for different life styles and behaviours.

Within URBANOME, RGU will be directing the co-design activities across a network of ‘urban living labs’, with the opportunity to work with and learn from nine cities, including Aberdeen. The candidate will work in Aberdeen with Professors of Built Environment Visualisation and Transport Policy, as well as with the wider project consortium.

Appointment will be decided on the ideas, academic quality and suitability of the candidates to the role.

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals with experience in relevant aspects of co-design or collaborative workshops, with some knowledge or experience of work in relation to urban environment. The role will involve working with a diverse range of workshop participants.

We are especially interested in candidates with expertise and/or experience in the following areas: • Collaborative design; • Workshop design, running and recording; • Organisation of public engagement activities in research.

The role will require you to engage with external partners and stakeholders, and therefore you should possess excellent communication skills with evidence of working effectively as an individual and within a team. You will have strong project management skills and have an ability to collaborate in writing up research for peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

This is a fixed term full time appointment of 12 months. You will be based at RGU premises in Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, Aberdeen and work under the supervision of Professor Richard Laing.

URBANOME is funded through the EU H2020 programme, grant agreement ID: 945391

Informal enquiries can be made to Richard Laing at

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit:

Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience. Candidates with Masters Awards and / or working towards their PhD will be appointed on Grade 6 of the University's salary scale, whilst candidates who already have this qualification will be appointed on Grade 7 of the University's salary scale.  

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the appropriate scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Grade 6 - Research Assistant Salary £30,942 - £33,797 per annum

Grade 7 - Research Fellow Salary £34,804 - £40,322 per annum

Closing date: Friday 30th July 2021

Anticipated interview dates: Week commencing 9th August 2021

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Professor Richard Laing

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibilities

PURPOSE OF POST: Support the research work of the RGU URBANOME (EU H2020) project team, with particular regard to co-design workshops and stakeholder engagement.


Execute a work programme under supervision, aligned with research projects and grants.

Contribute to the production of periodic internal and grant reports as required.

Carry out experimental work under supervision and contribute to the writing of academic publications.

Make presentations at conferences, workshops and seminars, as directed, to disseminate the outcome of research work.

Interact with academic and research staff within the University to develop an awareness of research and research methods and to inform research activity.

Undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Head of School.


Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Honours degree in a subject area related to the role, and to URBANOME.

Knowledge and skills

• Knowledge of co-design theory and practice

• Knowledge of some or all of the core themes within URBANOME (i.e. urban design, urban space, health and wellbeing, active travel)

• Excellent time management, organisation and administrative skills

• Excellent oral and written communication skills and client facing attributes

• Ability to write for publications and present the research findings both to technical and non-technical audiences

• The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues/good team working skills

• Confident with a self-driven outlook

• Ability to work to tight deadlines and unsupervised for periods of time

• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels with different stakeholder groups

•An enthusiastic, highly capable individual to embrace the challenges of the project

• Ability to travel across different sites for research purposes


• Experience of organising public events and/or research workshops

Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical):


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Doctorate in a subject area related to the role

You will be predominately based at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Travel will be required from time to time to visit industrial or academic collaborators or to disseminate research.



Behaviour 1 - Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards 

Behaviour 3 - Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking - Experience of  circulating information in an accurate and timely manner,  working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships and leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest

Behaviour 5 - Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 6 - Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

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