Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Modelling

University of New South Wales



City Futures Research Centre was established in 2005 to undertake research aiming to develop a better understanding of our cities, their people, the policies that manage their growth, the issues they face and the impact they can make on our environment and economy. The Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Built Environment and is based at the University of New South Wales, Kensington campus.

City Futures Research Centre website, located at

City Analytics Lab website, located at

About the Roles

  • $76,570- 102,091 plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • 3 year Fixed-Term
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)


The Postdoctoral Fellow (Urban Modelling) will work with UNSW’s Professor of Urban Science – Chris Pettit on a 3 year city analytics project known as Value Australia. This position will play a key role on the project in conducting urban modelling and predictive analytics centred upon land and property prices across Australia. The position will be situated within the City Future Research Centre, within the Faculty of the Built Environment. The Postdoctoral Fellow will play a key role in contributing to the Centre’s work in city analytics.  We expect the postholder to have experience in urban modelling and simulation methods including econometric modelling techniques, spatial analysis and knowledge of planning support systems. The successful candidate will also have excellent quantitative research skills, a good publication track record, and be used to working with geospatial data, modelling and visualisation techniques in the context of cities.

The post provides an excellent opportunity for a motivated researcher to join an active research centre and contribute toward the formation of a world class research and teaching program in the emerging field of Urban Science. 

The purpose of the Postdoctoral Fellow position is to:

  1. Undertake research and develop state-of-the art data driven city modelling with a focus on property and land valuation and predictive land use changes.
  2. Participate as a team member for the Value Australia project working with a dynamic team of data scientists, modellers and computer scientist to deliver a world class data driven city analytics toolkit for Australia.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Plan and execute research that focuses on land and property valuation, urban economic and predictive analytics across Australia.
  • Develop a synthetic population of Australian cities to support future city scenarios.
  • Conduct oral presentations relating to the research.
  • Provide peer review and editing support as a member of the research team.
  • Write project reports to disseminate research outcomes
  • Engage with Value Australia project team, UNSW and industry partners including FrontierSI, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the Valuer General’s Office NW, Liverpool City Council and Omnilink.
  • Contribute to the promotion of Centre research and the development of relationships with external partners.
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the Centre.
  • Lead and assist in the preparation of research grants.
  • Assist in developing and delivering material for the City Analytics Program
  • Other duties as they arise as part of specific research projects.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the University and take all reasonable care that their actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of others in the University

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description and state in your cover letter which position you are applying for. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Nikki Hayes

Talent Acquisition Lead

T:+61 (0)2 9385 3169

M:+61 (0)422 763 880


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