Research Associate Building Modelling and Simulation

Job title Research Associate Building Modelling and Simulation

Department Architecture & Civil Engineering

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

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Friday 05 July 2019

Closing date Sunday 04 August 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CT6889

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The Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering are seeking to appoint a Research Associate on a large project funded by EPSRC, with the potential to make a lasting impact on the lives of millions of people. The project’s vision is to decouple building energy use from economic growth in developing countries through a new science of Zero Peak Energy Building Design for warm climates, with India as a case study. The key objective, therefore, is to provide ‘thermal stress free' living conditions whilst minimising mean and peak demand.

This post is to construct detailed energy models of a series of buildings for which POE data are being collected in the case study country. As part of this, a range of novel fabric, cooling and heating technologies will require integrated assessment, along with risk analysis covering potential costs (capital and running), technology availability, embodied energy, industrial skill requirements, logistical constraints, and societal acceptability (by using data from a large-scale survey). This work will utilise newly generated current and future weather files to grade design strategies and technologies by the potential to reduce peak and mean energy demand, and spread of geographical applicability. The post holder will be required to coordinate activities between countries and contribute to other work.

The successful candidate will have a first degree and doctorate in architectural engineering or civil engineering. Strong knowledge of Energy+ coupled with an ability to use it programmatically would be highly advantageous, however further training will be provided. Above average paper output for their career stage is essential.

In addition to the core scientific tasks, you will also be required to support work on other aspects of the project, as directed by the investigators, and undertake a series of impact related activities, which may require periodic travel outside the UK. We are therefore looking for passionate and committed individuals with strong people skills to work in a multi-disciplinary team consisting of building physicists, architects, computer scientists, weather scientists, psychologists and others.

You will join the EDEn (Energy and Design of Environments) research group within the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, but work closely with other co-investigators, including those in the developing country.

This post is available on 14 month fixed term basis and is a full-time role, however we are happy to consider other arrangements. For an informal discussion about the position please contact Dr Sukumar Natarajan (s.natarajan@bath.ac.uk).

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