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Research Assistant/Associate: Embodied Carbon and Circular Economy Policy

University of Sheffield - Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £30,487 to £45,585 Grade 6/7, per annum, with potential to progress
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: UOS039452

Contract Type:

Fixed term for 8 months (ideally from February 2024), with potential to be extended depending upon the grade appointed and future funding.

Salary:

Grade 6: £30,487 – £34,980 per annum pro-rata,

Potential to progress to £38,205 per annum;

Grade 7 : £37,099 – £45,585 per annum pro-rata,

Potential to progress to £49,794 per annum.

Are you interested in accelerating the transition to a circular economy and helping the UK meet its decarbonisation targets? The RISE Research Group is offering an exciting opportunity to work as a Research Assistant/Associate within The University of Sheffield’s Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.

The role will focus on understanding and enhancing consideration of embodied carbon and the circular economy across built environment governance. This will involve collaborating with South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre, Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and The University of Sheffield Estates and Facilities Management in order to:

  • Create and extend knowledge transfer pathways with and between project partners.
  • Review existing planning documentation to build a picture of the national policy landscape.
  • Investigate current governance processes to identify deficiencies in knowledge, expertise or personnel.
  • Develop net-zero and circular economy guidance to harmonise efforts across governance levels.
  • Disseminate findings to promote the circular economy and upskill existing workforces.

The ideal candidate should have, or be about to receive, an undergraduate degree in a relevant built environment or policy-based discipline and possess effective written and oral communication skills. Understanding of key embodied carbon and circular economy assessment processes is also desirable, as well as experience conducting systematic literature/policy reviews, writing academic outputs, and hosting workshop events or similar. Candidates with such experience, and a PhD in a relevant built environment or policy-based discipline may be considered for appointment at Grade 7.

The Department of Civil and Structural Engineering was founded in 1917 and is based in the Sir Frederick Mappin Building. We have a strong research history in fundamental areas and strive to be the best civil engineering department in the UK by developing and delivering excellent research and teaching. Amongst other benefits, this role offers:

  • 38 days annual leave (including closure days and Bank Holidays).
  • Up to 5 days of paid time off to cover emergency caring responsibilities.
  • A commitment to work life balance including, flexible working opportunities and hybrid working where possible.
  • A commitment to your development, with programmes, learning modules and mentoring schemes.
  • An inclusive and diverse workplace.
  • A commitment to your wellbeing, with confidential emotional support.

Further information can be found at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs/benefits

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