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Research Associate in Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments

UWE, Bristol - Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments.

UWE Bristol are one of the largest universities in the South West and one of the largest employers in the Bristol region. We currently have an opportunity for a Research Associate in our Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments.

About the vacancy: The University of the West of England has a leading profile in planning research. The Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environment (SPE) is appointing a Research Associate with a background in environment and planning to support these activities.

This role is specifically targeted at addressing the challenge of creating more healthy, resilient and equitable places through both existing research activities and supporting grant applications.

The Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments has eighteen members of teaching and research staff and ten post-graduate research students. SPE’s research focusses on developing an understanding of how to achieve places that are environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically competitive. The Centre has held grants of over £6m since 2008 from EPSRC, AHRC, ESRC, NERC, Innovate UK, Wellcome Trust and the EU, as well as numerous practice-based consultancy research projects. SPE has a proven track record in delivering high quality, high impact research; 88% of its research and 90% of its impact was rated 3 or 4* in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

About you: The post holder will be required to support existing research projects in the Centre as well as developing new projects to enhance SPE research under the themes of healthy places, green infrastructure, climate adaptation and community planning. This will include translating knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity and collaborating on the development of funding proposals. You should have specialist knowledge of healthy places, green infrastructure, climate adaptation, social justice and/or community planning, and experience with a diversity of social research methods. The post holder will report to Danni Sinnett, Centre Director, and will be expected to interface with researchers in the department and wider Faculty.

About us:

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed – £300m has been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while we continue to develop incredible new facilities to enhance our offer even further.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations, our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

Bristol is a city that’s famous for its rebellious streak, independent thinking, unique style and edgy creativity. Home to over 460,000 people hailing from 187 different countries – you can find over 91 different languages spoken here, and 45 religions practised. Topping polls on a regular basis, Bristol isn’t just a great place to live, but a great place to work.

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 32,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 4,000 staff from across the globe. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with a strong network of employer and partner connections.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 36th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2022 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables'.

We are an ambitious and values led university. We're focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims. 

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community. We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including: 

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 days pro rata if part time
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
  • Retail savings via the Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

 

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Professor Danni Sinnett on 0117 3286603 or email: danielle.sinnett@uwe.ac.uk

This is a fixed-term post for 24 months with potential to extend depending on future research funding, and is full-time working on a 100% contract.

This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is important for our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based with the opportunity for remote working.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol however all appointments are made on merit.

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We are able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

Please also refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable to prove your right to work in the UK. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to produce your right to work documents at your interview.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

Location: Bristol
Salary: £31,412 to £35,333
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th January 2023
Closes: 26th February 2023
Job Ref: R05549
   
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