Research Associate in Urban Stocks Assessment

  • Contract type: Fixed-term for 12 months: 01 October 2022 - 30 September 2023
  • Working pattern: Full time (35 hours), however part-time applications will be considered
  • Salary: Grade 7 (£32,344 - £40,927 per annum pro-rata. Potential to progress to £44,706 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution.)


Are you interested in understanding the circular economic potential of the built environment?

We have an unique opportunity to apply material stock and flow analysis to the UK’s non-residential building stock in order to quantify its circular economy potential and explore how this could reduce the UK’s future demand for construction materials. You will be working within the Civil and Structural Engineering department in a dynamic team which focuses on different methods to reduce the whole life carbon of the built environment.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or be about to submit your thesis) or have equivalent industrial experience in industrial ecology, urban metabolism, environmental engineering, low carbon construction or circular economy. You will have an excellent understanding of circular economy principles, ideally applied in the built environment. You will have strong communication skills, and be able to plan and organise your time effectively. If you are passionate about the circular economy, and its role in delivering a net zero build environment, then we would love to hear from you.

This exciting role, in an on-going project, will continue the development and testing of a multi-scale framework to quantify opportunities for the circular economy in the built environment. You will conduct a bottom-up material stock and flow analysis of Sheffield’s non-residential building stock, and then scale this up to the UK. Future material demand modelling will be conducted to estimate how the UK’s future demand for materials can be reduced by making circular use of the existing stock. The role will include opportunities to present at international conferences, co-supervise masters dissertation projects, collaborate with international researchers, and to work with industry to ensure results can be quickly transferred into practice.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University, part-time and full-time applications for the position will be considered. Furthermore, we are committed to enabling our employees to work in a hybrid model with flexibility over when, where and how to achieve the required outputs, in discussion with your manager. We are one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.
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  • Application deadline: Aug 19, 2022
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Civil and Structural Engineering - RISE research group
  • Sheffield (UK)
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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