Research Associate in modelling University of Bath, Architecture & Civil Engineering

Research Associate (m)odelling - Fixed Term Contract


Architecture & Civil Engineering

Salary: Starting from £32,548, rising to £38,833

Placed On: Friday 29 September 2017

Closing Date: Sunday 15 October 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Reference: CT5281

This exciting new position is for a Research Associate to work on a large project that has just been awarded funding, 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 a large developing country 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 will be 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 utilize 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 streams – especially the POE work that will precede model creation.

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. Above average paper output for their career stage is essential. In addition to the core scientific tasks listed above, the applicant 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 enthusiastic 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. For more information on EDEn, see

This post is full time and is available on a fixed term contract basis for up to 36 months, with an ideal start date of 1 November 2017.

For an informal discussion about the position please contact Dr Sukumar Natarajan (

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