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Research Assistant in Construction Materials Simulation and Testing (Fixed Term)


A Research Assistant position is available in the Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The research will be focussed on modelling, simulating and conducting in-situ experiments of traditional solid-walled buildings in the UK. The study will be looking into the effects of moisture accumulation in the sustainability of the infrastructure, envelope of buildings, resilience of the infrastructure and occupant health. The research will involve both office based work around model simulation of different building types and field work conducting in-situ testing in real housing, monitoring the infrastructure performance based on climate conditions and thermal material installation.

The project is funded by a multinational corporation, Kingspan Insulation, and the role of the researcher will include regular client interaction, visits to the company's headquarters and travelling to Kingspan's facilities in the Netherlands to conduct experiments

Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a Degree and/or Masters in either/or engineering, construction, architecture, energy efficiency. Ability to work on own initiative; Effective written and verbal communication skills. Track record in data analysis and/or numerate research skills. Familiarity with simulation tools, ideally in building modelling, Matlab (or similar tool) and an understanding of thermodynamics.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,298 - £29,301

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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 Curriculum Vitae (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 Karen Mitchell, e-mail: km620@cam.ac.uk. (Tel +44 01223 332725)

Please quote reference NM13010 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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