Research Associate in Thermal Retrofit Systems for Traditional Buildings (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Central Cambridge

A Research Associate 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 that have been retrofitted with thermal insulation in the UK. The study will be looking into Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) performance and the effects of heat and moisture transport across the building envelope. The research will involve both field work conducting in-situ testing in real housing and office based work around modelling different building types. The aim is to monitor the wall performance of thermal retrofitted housings and then model them with WUFI software.

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 a PhD degree in building modelling, thermal efficiency in buildings or building material science. 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, and Matlab (or similar tool).

The salary scale for a Research Associate is: £30,175 - £38,183

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 and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (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: (Tel +44 01223 332725).

Please quote reference NM13079 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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