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Research Assistant/ Fellow in Civil Engineering Materials 12604

Brunel University London - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: Uxbridge
Salary: £31,102 to £40,999 per annum incl. London allowance (grade R1).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th August 2018
Closes: 10th September 2018
Job Ref: 362826

The post is part of a European Commission Horizon 2020 Energy Efficient Buildings theme funded project - Green INtegrated STRUCTural elements for retrofitting and new construction of buildings (i.e. Green INSTRUCT project with grant agreement number: 723825) coordinated by Prof Xiangming Zhou, Brunel University London.

The Green INSTRUCT project will develop a prefabricated multi-layer modular structural building block that is superior to conventional precast reinforced concrete panels by virtue of its reduced weight, improved acoustic, thermal performance, multiple functionalities and an additive manufacturing technology. It is expected 70% of the raw material of the developed building block will come from construction and demolition waste (CDW).

The successful candidate will join Brunel team in the Green INSTRUCT project and work on developing Green INSTRUCT cementitious panels in this case alkali-activated cement (AAC) (particularly with precursors from CDW) & magnesium oxychloride cement (MOC), wood-MOC composites suitable for extrusion, fibre (including natural fibres) reinforced MOC composites, extrusion of investigation of thermal performance of AAC and MOC panels etc. In addition, as a key member of Green INSTRUCT Brunel team, the post holder will be assisting the Coordinator in connecting other project partners to facilitate the successful delivery of the project. Considerable knowledge and skills on finite element method and computational fluid dynamics of structural, thermal or acoustic modelling of buildings/building blocks using commercial software packages will be a plus but not compulsory.

It is expected that the post holder will need to travel to other partners of the Green INSTRUCT project consortium, the project demonstration site for installing the panels if necessary, to relevant conference/dissemination events to present and promote the project and to assist the Project Coordinator to manage scientific discovery and technical development of the project.

To be appointed as a Research Fellow, s/he must hold a PhD or nearly completed PhD in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and/or Engineering with focus on alternative cementitious materials, concrete technology, extrusion, 3D printing or other additive manufacturing or equivalent. Qualified candidate who does not hold a PhD or is not enrolled in a PhD programme may be appointed as Research Assistant. The post is to be filled as early as possible and will complete on 31 March 2020.

Closing date for applications: 10 September 2018.

For further details and to apply please press the apply button.

For informal inquiries please contact Dr. Xiangming Zhou at:

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