Deadline: 18.06.2024

Research Assistant/Associate in Minimising Energy in Construction (Fixed Term)/

University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on a research grant that looks to advance our understanding of embodied carbon and design in the built environment. This role will see the successful candidate working with Professor Orr to advance research in the field of construction and structural engineering. The post will focus on efforts to reduce whole life embodied carbon of built assets. The work undertaken will build on Professor Orr’s previous grants, in particular “MEICON” (

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties are-

Research and Scholarship:

  • To analyse results of the second “MEICON” survey and prepare a report on their results. See
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies.
  • Write up research for presentation and publications
  • Manage own research and administrative activities

Liaison and networking:

  • Liaise with colleagues and students
  • Build internal and external contacts and participate in networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for collaboration

Planning and organising:

  • Plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with others
  • Contribute to planning of joint research projects led by the principal investigator

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are a PhD (or close to obtaining) in a relevant subject, or equivalent experience; Understanding of embodied carbon and design; Evidence of interdisciplinary working that covers structural engineering, architecture, and construction; Ability to analyse survey data and draw conclusions; Ability to lead workshops and prepare workshop materials; Ability to engage with industrial partners in a collaborative manner; Excellent written English skills.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD, or equivalent experience. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: *Research Assistant: £29,605 – £33,966 *Research Associate: £36,024 – £44,263

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

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