Research Associate (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate (fixed term)

Department Architecture & Civil Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Wednesday 31 March 2021

Closing date Wednesday 28 April 2021

Interview date Monday 03 May 2021

Reference CF8203

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Are you interested in using plants to support enhanced water quality and food security in urban environments? 

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering is recruiting a Research Associate to work on the project ‘Green-rooted agriculture associations (GRASS): community-led pairing of urban agriculture and phytoremediation in Sierra Leone.’ This position will focus on the use of sustainable, plant-driven infrastructure (i.e., phytoremediation) to directly improve water quality and food security at urban agriculture sites in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

It is estimated that urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) contributes to up to 30% of global food production. Critically, water from streams and groundwater wells commonly used for irrigation at UPA sites is often highly contaminated by industrial wastewater and sewage. The GRASS project, funded by the British Academy Urban Infrastructure of Well-Being program, builds on a combination of laboratory and fieldwork, including site visits to Freetown, to evaluate the success of a plant-driven remediation scheme via water, sediment and plant biomass monitoring. 

You will join the project team consisting of scientists from the University of Bath and the University of Sierra Leone (Fourah Bay College) to design and implement a suitable phytoremediation scheme for improved water quality at three selected UPA sites in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  

We expect applicants to possess a PhD degree in subject area of direct relevance for the project, or a professional qualification and equivalent significant relevant experience. Ideally you will have a background in field observations and phytoremediation. 

This role is fixed term from 01/06/2021 with an expected end date of 31/05/2022. Please include a covering letter and CV your application. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Lee Bryant (

The University of Bath (UoB) has a strong reputation for both research and teaching excellence and ranks in the top 10 universities in the UK and 173 (of 800) in the QS World ranking. The Centre for Infrastructure, Geotechnical and Water Engineering (IGWE) is located within the Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) department. The ACE department was first in its unit of assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 50% of its outputs ranked as “world leading.” IGWE has expertise ranging from Hydrology to Coastal Engineering to Water Quality and is comprised of 8 academics, 3 research staff, and over 20 PhD students  (3 of which Dr Bryant is lead supervising). This group has university support for laboratory and field instrumentation that will be used as part of the proposed project. The IGWE group is part of the university-wide Water Innovation Research Centre (WIRC), which was formed via a multi-million £ contribution from the UoB and project partner Wessex Water to provide a linkage between all UoB water-related researchers

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

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  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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