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Student Research Analyst

Think You can:

  • Predict how drones, programmable magnets and virtual reality will  impact the rail industry?
  • Understand the business aspect of railways and identify benefits from operator, passenger and infrastructure owner perspectives?
  • Provide critical analysis on safety  and security issues?

Then we can offer you:

  • A competitive salary + benefits in a diverse and friendly workplace
  • Interaction with industry clients and rail stakeholders
  • Opportunities to work as a researcher on a wide range of topics and develop a broad skillset
  • The chance to contribute to strategic rail projects with nation-wide impact
  • Working with expert engineers

About the Placement
In the past 5 years, 13 student placements have been recruited by the R&D department in RSSB to support the Analysis team. These placements have been very successful and led to an annual rolling placement scheme. The roles, working alongside RSSB staff, will actively monitor and report on current and past rail research, as well as developments in other sectors of relevance to the rail industry. The selected students will have the opportunity to experience the rail industry from the inside, improve their report writing and analytical skills, and enhance their knowledge across a broad range of subjects.

Main Duties:
The role will centre on desk-based research, producing reports for the industry on topics ranging from the likely impact of new technologies on the rail to policies which promote staff health and wellbeing, to frameworks which encourage innovation. Additional tasks are likely to include participation in horizon scanning activities, engagement with member organisations, presentations, and other ad hoc desk-based research projects. An example of the work completed by the 2016/17 students can be found here (register for access). You can visit the RSSB Horizon Scanning portal to read emerging technology analysis articles by current placement students. 

About you:

You are an undergraduate or postgraduate student in maths, physics, data science or engineering seeking to take an industrial gap year as part of your higher education. You must be registered as a student during the placement and have the legal right work in the UK. You should have good analytical skills, an interest in technology, organisational skills and the ability to work independently. We are seeking to fill several positions.


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