Research Assistant or Associate in Waterproofing of Cavity Walls

University College London - Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

The post will be held at UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), which is a multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research.  Appointment at Grade 6B (Research Assistant) or 7 (Research Associate) is dependent on whether the candidate has PhD degree. The position will offer opportunities to collaborate closely with environmental scientists and engineers from academia and from nationally significant commercial research facilities.

We are looking for someone from an engineering, building physics or a similar background, with developed numerical skills, for a mainly lab-based experimental work. You will directly engage in and oversee the preparation of specimens, setting up the testing programme and conducting experiments, as well as writing reports and publications. You must have a flexible approach, demonstrating your ability to deliver practical solutions to multi-faceted problems and to quickly master and apply new experimental techniques, and translate these into meaningful outputs for government.

The post will be available as soon as possible thereafter for a period of 12 months in the first instance

The applicant should have a master’s degree in engineering, building physics or a similar field, as a minimum. For a research associate post (Grade 7), the applicant should also have a PhD in a relevant area of building performance assessment, or be about to complete. The candidate will directly engage in nationally significant and highly practical research focusing on façade performance assessment to wind driven rain conditions, and the effectiveness of energy efficiency protocols promoting waterproofness and insulation of existing UK building stock. The UK project partners are funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The posted job will involve processing both experimental data from sensing instrumentation, in addition to the use of specialised software. In order to oversee the experimental programme the job will require considerable periods of time to be spent at the newly opened world-leading UCL Here East laboratory, which houses the unique testing facilities and bespoke climate chambers developed to simulate and test multiple environmental action simultaneously. This research will be primarily related to building physics, building performance assessment, materials science, and environmental monitoring and sensor technology, therefore will help the candidate develop a broad research capability. The suitable candidate should be highly numerate and comfortable with performing data manipulation tasks using software packages such as Microsoft Excel and R. The candidate should also have good communication skills and proven paper/report writing experience.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6b (salary £30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

UCL vacancy reference: 1710126      

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact (Yasemin D Aktas), ( y.aktas@ucl.ac.uk ), (02076791566) and Dina D’Ayala ( d.dayala@ucl.ac.uk ) (02076797226).

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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