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Research Associate Centre for Natural Material Innovation, Department of Architecture(Fixed Term)

Our Leverhulme Programme Grant brings together scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and architects to develop new natural materials capable of providing a renewable and energy-efficient alternative to traditional manufactured materials.

This programme brings together people and research in plant sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, fluid dynamics, engineering and architecture in a groundbreaking manner. It aims to fundamentally transform the way we build, and we will develop and extend research to enable the substitution of traditional manufactured materials with new naturally-based materials.

We are currently seeking a person with expertise in timber and timber engineering, to work on the application of natural materials to large scale buildings. You will join a team that is conducting experiments on timber processing, impregnation, material testing and high rise timber design and engineering. Candidates should have an ability and interest to work in a multidisciplinary team across many length scales and domains.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. You may be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Applicants must have (or be about to receive) a PhD in Architecture, Civil, Structural or Materials Engineering, and will have experience in structural testing and the analysis of experimental data, problem solving, materials fabrication, and good command of oral and written English.

Further details of the research programme and investigators involved are available here:

Informal enquiries concerning the position may be made to

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

You will need to upload a full CV and cover letter outlining how you would be able to contribute to the project in light of your research interests. Please include the contact details of two referees and ensure that they are aware that they will be contacted by the Architecture HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System, and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Please quote reference GC11822 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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