Research Associate in Building Performance Simulation

University of Sheffield - Civil and Structural Engineering

Contract Type: Fixed term from 1 November 2017 to 31 July 2019

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

Salary: Grade 7, £30,688 to £38,833 per annum, with potential to progress to £42,418 per annum through sustained, exceptional contribution

We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering for someone looking to use their skills to make an impact on energy savings in non-domestic buildings by changing the approach to how heating, ventilation and air conditioning is controlled.

The postholder will work as part of a small, multidisciplinary team, and in the later stages of the project will be responsible for interfacing with real building management systems to test the model predictive control approach.

The main duties and responsibilities of this post are:-

  • Day-to-day responsibility for the development of building energy simulations, and supervisory support for research and undergraduate students working on the project.
  • Contributing to establishing and maintaining robust plans to meet the time schedules of the project.
  • Writing and archiving necessary documentation of code development activities.
  • Presenting technical results and planning information to consortium review meetings, and technical papers at national and international conferences.

The post will involve short periods of fieldwork, as well as some national and international travel.

It is essential that the postholder has a PhD (or equivalent experience) in building performance simulation, along with experience of programming and a strong background in building physics. Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), experience of delivering presentations and effectively presenting technical and planning information at a range of project meetings are also essential.

Experience of using Energy+ and of Building Performance Monitoring and interfacing with Building Management Systems, along with experience of working within a multi-disciplinary scientific setting, are desirable.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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