Programme Manager

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7093035 (Ref.No. ENVTR1152)
Posted: January 28, 2022

Job Description

Are you a project manager with significant experience of planning and delivering complex multi-partner projects? Do you thrive on organising inputs from colleagues, national and international partners in the coordination of a successful research programme? Are you passionate about playing a leading role in a successful redevelopment and established world-leading research facility at the University? We are seeking such an individual to manage an upgrade programme to the existing University of Leeds Driving Simulator (UoLDS) within the Virtuocity research suite.

Since it was initially commissioned in 2006, the University of Leeds Driving Simulator (UoLDS) has become a leading research facility of its type, and the central laboratory space within Virtuocity. The Virtuocity research staff are an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, social scientists, physiologists, engineers, ergonomists and computer scientists, undertaking cutting-edge research into the future of urban mobility and the interactions between road users and new technologies. UoLDS provides a safe and controlled virtual vehicle driving environment to support this work.

After sixteen years of operation, the time has come to refresh the original UoLDS design in order to upgrade its motion system, vehicle cab and projection system. We are seeking to appoint a high calibre Programme Manager to oversee this redevelopment work, to ensure that UoLDS remains at the cutting-edge for research into the human factors of driving, intelligent transport systems and future vehicle design. You will have a proven track record of operating within fast moving, complex research environment, with a passion for leading a high quality technical development team.

In the short-term, by coordinating a multi-faceted team of internal software developers, vehicle manufacturers and commercial hardware suppliers, you will play a key role in maintaining the simulator’s international reputation of excellence at a technical level, the high quality of research which it underpins, its rigorous safety standards and its well-maintained operation. In the longer term, the role will involve championing research opportunities in line with the emerging areas of future urban transport.

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

Professor Natasha Merat, Chair in Human Factors of Transport Systems

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6614, email: [email protected]


Dr Albert Solernou, Virtuocity Suite Facilities Manager & Simulation Software Architect

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 8890, email: [email protected]

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  Institute for Transport Studies
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £42,149 to £50,296 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 2 years from the start date due to funding)
Release Date:  Thursday 27 January 2022
Closing Date:  Thursday 17 February 2022
Reference:  ENVTR1152

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