Research Assistant / Research Fellow in Network Analysis for Off-Grid Sanitation

Cranfield University

Cranfield, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Role Description

Research Assistant (if PhD near to completion) or Research Fellow (if PhD completed) in Network Analysis for Off-Grid Sanitation

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here: Working life at Cranfield.

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The Water Science Institute has an international reputation for its transformational research and teaching in the science, engineering and management of water in the municipal, industrial and natural environments. We have been working in water for over 40 years. Our academic and research staff, including scientists, engineers, technologists, policy specialists and social scientists, are engaged in delivering postgraduate teaching, research, consultancy and training in an international arena.  We deliver a number of MSc programmes and support a large cohort of PhD and EngD research students. We work closely with a range of clients across industry and government helping them to address their water challenges and make a progressive contribution to the green economy.

This role will support the ESRC-GCRF funded Scaling-up Off-grid Sanitation project, which is will study Container Based Sanitation (CBS) systems in Haiti, Peru, South Africa and Kenya.   This role will focus specifically the analytical framework on systems network analysis which seeks to understand how CBS links with other urban services, including water, food and solid waste, and the interactions between them.

You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in systems thinking or related discipline. You will be fluent in GIS software, and experience of working in interdisciplinary teams and/or the DELPHI method would be beneficial.   You need knowledge of at least one of following service sectors in a low or middle income country:  water, energy, transport or solid waste.  

We are open to applicants with no prior experience in on-site/off-grid sanitation systems like pit latrines and septic tanks but are willing to learn. Similarly, experience of research with a container-based sanitation enterprise would be beneficial but not necessary.   Your previous research experience should be evidenced by a peer-reviewed publication track record.   

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In return, you will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.  To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role.  To find out more, please visit

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Alison Parker, Senior Lecturer in International Water and Sanitation, via email on (E); [email protected]