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Research Associate in Multi-physics Environmental Modelling of Underground Spaces (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on multi-physics modelling of the environment in underground spaces. Underground spaces are a precious commodity in land-constrained and densely populated cities. The goal of the modelling and analysis is to investigate innovative ways of improving energy efficiency, environmental quality, and resilience of underground spaces within cities.

Part 1 of the project will require assimilation of diverse geospatial data sources to derive key archetypes of underground spaces within a city according to their uses, environment, energy needs, structural types, boundary conditions, and connectivity to above ground spaces and infrastructure. In Part 2 of the project, the Research Associate will focus on selected archetypes and develop detailed numerical models for their analysis.

The Research Associate should be expert in geo-energy systems as well as numerical modelling of heat transfer in built environments. Past experience and/or knowledge of city-scale geo-spatial analysis with relevant computational skills in MATLAB/Python will be deemed highly beneficial. Applications are invited from candidates who have a PhD or relevant industry/project experience in Engineering, Computer Science or relevant discipline.

This project is a collaborative venture with UC Berkeley and National University of Singapore. The Research Associate will be responsible for ensuring collaboration and interactions with researchers from these institutions, with opportunities for short-term visits of up to 3 months. At Cambridge, the Research Associate will join a multi-disciplinary group of researchers at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) and the Energy Efficient Cities initiative (EECi).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance, with strong likelihood of extension following the success of part A of the project.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

Please ensure that you upload your CV and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Ms S.J. Nightingale, Division D Administrator, Engineering Department, email:

Please quote reference NM11966 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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