Software Developer in Modelling of Freight Logistics and Operations - Tenders Global

Software Developer in Modelling of Freight Logistics and Operations

Heriot-Watt University

Contract type: Full time (35 hours per week), Fixed Term to 30/01/25

Detailed Description

The Software developer post offers the exceptional candidate an outstanding opportunity to enhance their software development portfolio by engaging with a close-knit international community of researchers on a range of challenging and well-funded research projects.

The successful candidate will be working with the respective project lead on a day-to-day basis and ultimately report to the Principal Investigator, Prof Philip Greening. They will be responsible for the maintenance and development of the Java-based MILES software (Multimodal Integrated Logistics Environment for Simulation), which is the Centre’s in-house suite of logistics analysis and agent-based modelling tools, and comprises algorithms relating to local delivery optimisation, electric vehicle charging, decarbonised heavy-goods vehicle (HGV) logistics, self-organising supply chain logistics models for vaccine distribution, among other capabilities.

Description of project

The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight  (SRF) is a rapidly expanding world-class research team, based on a collaborative partnership with the University of Cambridge and the University of Westminster, with a wide-ranging and engaged group of more than twenty industrial partners and international partners in China, India, Rwanda, and South Africa. Over the last seven years it has developed an international reputation for using large-scale high-fidelity and self-organising computer models to understand how logistics might be organised differently. The first 5-year programme, conducted by the same team, demonstrated that radical measures are necessary to hit the UK Government’s CO2 reduction targets. It also showed how essential it is to integrate among logistics solutions, vehicle technology, and policy initiatives.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Develop and maintain the MILES software and continuously improve its capabilities;
  • Engage in structured algorithm design, testing and implementation to solve problems related to current and emergent projects and initiatives in decarbonising freight and logistics operations, and implementing these within the MILES framework;
  • Develop the capability within the wider SRF team to perform analyses with MILES and increase awareness of its capabilities, including maintaining clear documentation;
  • Maintain the graphical user interface (GUI) capabilities within MILES and liaise with colleagues specialising in digital twin visualisation of the SRF team’s research to ensure the initiatives are closely aligned;
  • Maintain and promote the use of SRF’s data servers to retrieve and analyse logistics data;
  • Provide regular updates and progress reports to the project team, analysing and presenting findings in a professional manner;
  • Exercise the MILES software to develop novel research findings and generate academic output associated with the research activity;
  • Work closely with other members of the research centre and project partners;
  • Contribute, under supervision, to the planning of research projects;
  • Contribute to outreach activities;

Education, Qualifications and Experience

Essential Criteria

  • Previous experience in professional software development using object-oriented programming and its associated data structures, especially using Java. 
  • Good analytical problem-solving skills

How to Apply

Please submit via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system (1) Cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) Full CV 

Applications can be submitted until midnight on the 7th of December 2023. 

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our university community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website  and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers .

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