Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) PG Researcher (3 posts)

University of Wolverhampton - School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Faculty of Science and Engineering

(3 Posts)

This position is temporary until 30th September 2020

The BRIC project aims to create a new research Centre of Excellence based in the University’s planned development on the Springfield Campus in the centre of Wolverhampton.  A team of researchers, academics and knowledge transfer specialists will establish the Centre, supplemented by additional university expertise as necessary.  The Centre has received £3.2million of ERDF grant to fund the staffing and equipping of the Centre, with the remit to both build a brownfield knowledge hub for the region, and to directly support businesses in the Black Country.

The Research and Innovation Centre will be created to form the essential and much-needed core of Brownfield expertise in the Black Country sub-region. The centre will develop a knowledge bank on remediation best practice, and will share gathered intelligence and expertise with stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to identify, research and support regional demand for release of brownfield land for development.

Target beneficiaries include local enterprises, including the Black Country local authorities, large contractors and SME’s seeking improved links with the University on brownfield remediation and interested in engaging in research collaborations with the Centre. BRIC will be investing in scanning and testing facilities to support existing soils, materials and bioremediation expertise to bring together a team of sufficient size and with the necessary resources to tackle the Black Country’s complex brownfield challenges. The ultimate beneficiary is the Black Country environment, benefiting from the Centre supporting the process of bringing de-contaminated land back into use for development, and therefore attracting investment into development in the region.

The new Centre will be based initially on Wolverhampton City Campus, with a planned move to the Springfield Campus once completed. All roles are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with funding secured to 30th September 2020.

Post Graduate Researchers

We are seeking to recruit 3 researchers to offer research support to the BRIC team.

Working as an individual researcher, though part of the wider BRIC,  you will support the running of the Centre by developing relationships with local SME’s and other organisations that need access to information on the location and condition of brownfield development sites within the Black Country.

You could be leading on the physical evaluation of samples and scans as necessary, and accessing the skills of chemists and materials scientists to support SME’s when necessary.

You’ll also report findings and recommendations in a clear and concise way through presentations and briefings, and will be part of the BRIC team that will host events and seminars around Brownfield expertise targeted at local business. 

The research team will also develop a range of case studies to provide data that can be incorporated into the BRIC evaluation report and to be included in future EU funding applications.

For more information about this post and to apply on line, go to our website

The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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