Research Associate in Efficient Concrete Structures -Fixed Term Contract

Job title Research Associate in Efficient Concrete Structures -Fixed Term Contract

Department Architecture & Civil Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,199, rising to £39,609

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Friday 10 May 2019

Closing date Monday 10 June 2019

Interview date Monday 01 July 2019

Reference CT6730

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This post represents a rare opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher who has strong expertise and a keen interest in innovative structural concrete design and construction. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. The Department is internationally recognised as a leading centre for research in the built environment and was ranked equal first in the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Unit of Assessment in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework.

The project is part of a 5-year interdisciplinary EPSRC Programme Grant UK FIRES, led by the University of Cambridge and including Bath, Imperial, Nottingham, Oxford and Strathclyde. The Programme aims to embed resource efficiency in the UK industrial strategy, thereby achieving cuts in industrial carbon emissions at the same time as strengthening the UK construction and manufacturing sectors.

The project will initially involve understanding the drivers for wasteful design and construction processes in concrete structures, with the carbon footprint of typical concrete structures being quantified. Through alternative design and construction processes, the project will demonstrate resource savings which can be made. By quantifying potential low levels of carbon footprint in concrete buildings, and comparing these with more typical current levels, the project will propose a scoring system for efficient structural concrete design and construction. This project is supported by some of the UK’s leading design and construction companies as project partners.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD by their start date , ideally in a field related to innovation in concrete structures, computational aspects of concrete structures or concrete construction issues.   They will have a broad outlook of resource efficiency requirements in the structural engineering profession, while having deep technical structural engineering understanding.  Since the project involves strong collaboration with industrial and academic partners, experience of working effectively in an interdisciplinary environment will be beneficial. Outcomes from this research will be published in high-impact journals and conferences targeted at both academics and practitioners, so a demonstrable ability to disseminate research is essential. Part of this dissemination will be the design, construction and national exhibition of innovative, resource-efficient concrete structures.

This post is  full-time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed-term contract basis of up to 3 years, to start by 1 September 2019 or sooner. 

For informal enquiries about the position please contact Professor Tim Ibell directly, either by telephone (+44 1225 38 6365) or email (

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.