University of Bath
About the roles:
We are seeking two highly motivated and ambitious Research Associates to work within a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, led by Prof. Pete Walker in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
You will be joining a significant research project that aims to co-design, test, implement and monitor innovative prototype bio-based lower carbon solutions to improve the energy efficiency and resilience of social housing constructed by councils between 1920-1940. The longer-term goal of the project is to create scalable and transferable designs and solutions to retrofit a greater number of houses and different house types. As well as delivering high quality research, you will be expected to develop strong and effective working relationships with project teams, partners and external collaborators.
These are full-time positions, fixed term for 19 months from October 2023.
For an informal discussion about each role please contact:
Please ensure you submit your application via our website.
Online applications should include a cover letter (up to two pages) highlighting the applicant’s interest and suitability for the post and a thorough and up to date CV citing two referees, one of whom should be academic.
Our ideal candidates will have completed a PhD in a relevant built environment discipline, or closely related area, or have equivalent relevant experience and a professional qualification in design.
We are seeking candidates with experience and interests across the following areas:
- Building materials testing and development in collaboration with stakeholders
- Hygrothermal and structural testing of prototype solutions
- Element and building performance monitoring and monitoring
- Co-design work to develop solutions
- Production of design information (drawings, physical models, digital models)
- Technical and detail design of potential solutions
- Production of construction information
- On site construction monitoring
- Life Cycle Analysis of solutions
You will have the attributes to develop into a kind and culturally aware leader who fosters an environment where every individual is valued and respected, regardless of their background or identity. You will proactively seek out diverse perspectives, recognizing the richness and creativity this brings to decision-making and problem-solving. You will remain optimistic in the face of challenges, seeing them as opportunities for growth and innovation. You will understand that change is inevitable and necessary, actively encouraging those around you to adapt and evolve. By promoting a culture of openness and inclusivity, coupled with a willingness to listen as well as a readiness to embrace change, you will contribute profoundly to a dynamic and empowered team that can thrive in today’s rapidly changing world.
The University of Bath was ranked 5th in the UK in the recent Complete University Guide and awarded UK University of the Year in 2023. Staff at the University work in a welcoming, diverse and inclusive academic environment with many career support, development and training opportunities including mentoring.
We are a joint department that brings together teaching and research expertise in architecture and civil engineering. Our interdisciplinary focus underlies all our activities and gives students a vibrant environment to grow as individuals and professionals. Sustainability within the built environment is central to our research activities. We promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research drawing on both fields of expertise in our department.
What we can offer you:
We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award . We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.
We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff .
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