Research Assistant

Cardiff University - Welsh School of Architecture

We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to join the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. The post is jointly funded by European Commission Horizon 2020 PLUG-N-HARVEST project and a Sêr Cymru (Star Wales) fellowship.

The post is a full time position, fixed term for 12 months and is available from October 2017.

The successful applicant will split their time working on two projects that are intrinsically linked. In the Horizon 2020 PLUG-N-HARVEST project, the post offers a unique opportunity to work in a major €6 million project and European wide consortium to develop and demonstrate a new affordable modular, multifunctional façade system that generates renewable energy and provides better insulation for existing buildings. The project comes with access to a wide pool of academic and industrial stakeholders as well as exciting research and development in this field. Additionally the post holder will work with Dr Hu Du (Principle Investigator of Project) to develop near future building energy system optimisation under the Sêr Cymru Programme.

The successful applicant should be educated to degree level. A higher degree (MSc/MPhil/PhD) in architectural engineering, building services, architecture or similar discipline, with experience of undertaking building performance evaluation, dynamic thermal simulation and advanced knowledge of modular façade with integrated renewables or low carbon building retrofit would be desirable. The post holder will produce research outputs for academic, industrial and public audiences. Excellent technical reports written skill is essential.

The post holder will be based at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Occasional travelling for site survey and building performance evaluation around Cardiff as well as potential site visits to Barcelona in Spain, Aachen in Germany and Grevena in Greece may be required.

Enquiries can be made to Dr Hu Du ( or Catherine Parker (PA to Head of School) (

Date post advertised: Thursday, 7 September 2017
Closing date: Sunday, 8 October 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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