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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative training network (ITN) programme: SOLOCLIM

University of Kent

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Canterbury, Turin - Italy
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £34,804 + per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th November 2019
Closes: 17th December 2019

As part of the European Commission funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative training network (ITN) programme: “SOLOCLIM”, we are seeking a highly ambitious Early Stage Researcher to register for PhD studies working on interdisciplinary projects at Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP), in collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) in Italy.

The ‘Solutions for outdoor climate adaptation’ (SOLOCLIM) project, with a focus on flexible climate-responsive systems in outdoor elements, aims to enable young researchers to generate solutions for urban outdoor environments and qualify them for a career in academia and/or industry.

The first 6 months of the project will be based at Kent University in the UK where you will be inducted to scientific methods and write your research proposal. The next 2 years will be spent at Carlo Ratti Associati in Italy, conducting the research project, focusing on different scales of flexible climate-responsive systems in outdoor elements. You will return to Kent University and finalise your PhD research for the final six months of the project. You will be co-supervised by both partners, and sign separate employment contracts.

As Early Stage Researcher you will:

  • Undertake the research programme as outlined and developed by the grant holders and the live projects
  • Devise and undertake appropriate experiments and simulations to achieve the goals and milestones as described in the research programme
  • Undertake high quality research leading to the award of a PhD in 3 years
  • Interact with the supervisors at University of Kent, CRA and the other members of the consortium

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • High 2:1 Honours or international equivalent undergraduate degree in a built environment discipline (e.g. architecture, engineering, building physics)
  • A relevant post-graduate taught qualification (MSc/MA or equivalent qualifications/experience) in a relevant field
  • Relevant experience in simulations and monitoring microclimatic conditions and energy budgets (digital and experimental skills)
  • Excellent command of English language
  • Knowledge of AutoCad, Revit, Adobe Suite, Rhino programmes

We encourage applications from individuals who meet the eligibility criteria, in particular the mobility rules. Candidates must not have carried out their main activity (work or study) in the UK for more than 12 months within the last three years, and must be within four years of obtaining the first degree that qualifies them for PhD study. Candidates must describe how long they have been in the UK over the last 3 years. Candidates will be registered for a PhD at the University of Kent.

You will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. For the first and last six months at Kent University, a salary of approximately £40,000 per annum, based on current exchange rates (subject to change) plus an additional family allowance and salary top up if applicable.

When contracted at CRA, a salary of approximately €26,700 per annum, plus a travel allowance (€7200 per annum) and family allowance if applicable.

Salary will be from £34,804

Terms of employment differ between countries depending on national law. 

Interviews: February 2020.

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