Research Associate (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate (fixed term)

Department School of Management

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Wednesday 07 April 2021

Closing date Wednesday 28 April 2021

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference JB8216

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The current COVID-19 crisis has put healthcare under tremendous pressure. Although in several countries in Western Europe the amount of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 is slowly reducing the current crisis situation can only come to a full stop if a vaccine has been developed and is ready to administer to people. In the proposed research project we aim to develop location and prioritisation / rationing models to distribute and administer vaccines among the population efficiently, timely and in fair manner.

The Research Associate will be working for a project called Vaccines4All, with the aim of:

(1) developing models for the location and routing of medical facilities to administer vaccines to people based on disease transmission models, minimising risks of disease transmission and maximising population reach,

(2) scenario development for prioritization and dynamic simulation for rationing of vaccine quantities and vaccination capacity, and

(3) application to Turkey (within constraints of public data availability).

Specifically, the Research Associate will work on a survey of the related literature, collect digital data on the pandemic, conduct optimisation modelling and theoretical analysis of the models, as well as computational experiments.

For more information and an information chat please contact Prof Günes Erdogan at

This role is available on a full-time, fixed term basis of 15 months.

Shortlisting is expected to take place around the 05th May with interviews following 2 weeks later.

The IDO division within the School of Management consists of academics that conduct world-class research in the fields of Information, Decisions, and Operations. The research in particular focuses on Transportation Optimisation, Empirical Operations Management, Project Management, and Cybersecurity. IDO division has strong ties with various industries. One of the most recent collaborations of IDO is HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab, a partnership between the University of Bath and Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station that is being built by EDF Energy. The Lab provides a platform for international thought leadership to connect business leaders, policymakers and academics on the topics of supply chain, innovation and complex capital projects.

IDO also has a strong presence in open-source software development. In particular, three of its members (Dr Fotios Petropoulos, Dr Lukasz Piwek, and Prof Günes Erdogan) have developed R packages and Excel based solvers that are free to download, use, and distribute. In addition, University of Bath hosts the high-performance computing cluster Balena, composed of more than 3500 CPUs.

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

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  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.