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Research Assistant / Associate in Biological Architectural Materials - B228725R

Newcastle University - School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £27,831 to £31,302 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st June 2019
Closes: 21st July 2019
Job Ref: 234598

We are recruiting a Research Assistant/Associate who will lead the design, specification, testing and application of new materials which are being developed by bio-scientists within the Hub.

The successful candidate will join The Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment: an exciting new collaboration between Newcastle University and Northumbria University supported by £8M of research funding. Our vision is to develop biotechnologies to create a new generation of Living Buildings which are responsive to their natural environment; grown using living engineered materials to reduce inefficient industrial construction processes; metabolise their own waste, reducing pollution and generating energy and high-value products, and modulate their microbiome to benefit human health and wellbeing.

We are looking for a creative, highly motivated and adaptable design-led materials specialist with a broad understanding of the role of materials in architectural design and construction, and expertise in material testing and development. Some knowledge or experience of emerging biological materials would be welcome, but is not essential. Working closely with colleagues across the Hub and with industry partners, the successful candidate will consider the limitations of existing construction materials and processes, propose design requirements for new materials, identify opportunities to effectively use new biomaterials in architectural design and construction, create a library of biomaterials and processes, and carry out lab-scale testing of material samples and large-scale testing of prototypes.

The appointee will join one of the UKs leading groups on Biotechnology for the Built Environment and work alongside Designers, Engineers and Biologists.

Along with the standard application documents (including CV and cover letter) potential candidates are asked to provide a portfolio of projects which demonstrate their expertise in materials technology and a broad understanding of the role of materials in architectural design.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for 36 months.

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Please be advised that due to a new minimum salary threshold of £30,000 per annum imposed by the UKVI, this post may or may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the community they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

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