Research Associate

Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate to conduct research about flows and impacts of mineral-based construction materials, as part of an exciting and influential new collaboration with five other academic partners and a large group of external stakeholders, to support the transition to a Circular Economy for construction materials in infrastructure. We are therefore collaborating with world-leading experts at University...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01468
  • Date posted 7 January 2021
  • Closing date 21 January 2021

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate to conduct research about flows and impacts of mineral-based construction materials, as part of an exciting and influential new collaboration with five other academic partners and a large group of external stakeholders, to support the transition to a Circular Economy for construction materials in infrastructure.

We are therefore collaborating with world-leading experts at University College London, the Universities of Loughborough, Leeds, Sheffield and Lancaster, the British Geological Survey, and a network of national and international stakeholders from across the construction industry, to provide leadership in this sector.

Our research in support of a Circular Economy for built environment infrastructure in the UK will be undertaken by 15 multidisciplinary research groups, each anchored around a postdoctoral research project. All activities will be undertaken in interaction with a dynamic Stakeholder Interest Group of more than 100 members, representing the whole value chain and life cycle for construction materials.

The exciting programme of work will lead to actionable solutions that will create economic value from minimising use of energy and virgin raw materials, and progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

You will conduct material flow analysis of mineral-based construction materials and will be at the core of one of the 15 research groups in this prestigious collaboration.

Working as part of a team, including specialists in this field from the University College London Circular Economy Lab (UCL CircEL), the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Yale School of Environment, the Office of National Statistics, and industrial stakeholders, you will have primary responsibility for conducting a programme of work that has been designed in collaboration with the wider research teams. 

The academic research is expected to be followed by a one-year placement with an industrial partner, for practical implementation of the academic findings.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Advise and contribute to discussions regarding research by other members of the wider team

  • Participate in organisation of, and present their work at, quarterly meetings and workshops

  • Participate in formal quarterly research group meetings, and prepare quarterly reports

  • Take a lead role in advising and mentoring at least two undergraduate or Masters’ projects

  • Lead preparation of 2 journal papers, a British Geological Survey Mineral Planning Factsheet, and recommendations to the Office of National Statistics.

Essential requirements


  • PhD in a relevant field or a Masters degree or equivalent experience

  • Excellent understanding and experience with application of Bayesian statistics or applied mathematics, and programming (e.g. Python, Github)

  • Good English oral communication skills

  • An understanding of and commitment to the principles of the Circular Economy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Confidence to present well-prepared information


 

Further information

This is a fixed term appointment of 23 months, commencing from 8 February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. Interviews are expected to take place in the second half of January.

A 20% longer part-time appointment at 80% of full time can be considered, if this helps with the appointee’s work-life balance.

The post is based at Imperial College in South Kensington and at BGS Keyworth, but home-working will be required for part of the time whilst social distancing measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic remain in effect, and may also be continued afterwards, subject to mutual agreement. 

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr. Rupert J. Myers at r.myers@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to https://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/ and search using reference number ENG01468.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Briony Webb at b.webb@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 21/01/2021.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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