Research Assistant/Associate in Architecture and Parametric Design
University of Cambridge Department of Architecture/ Engineering
United Kingdom


The Precision Engineered Timber research project funded as part of the Construction Innovation Hub and the Centre for Digital Built Britain, in the Centre for Natural Material Innovation in the Department of Architecture, seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Associate expert at architecture, digital design and manufacturing. The successful candidate will conduct research on design, digital fabrication, and the integration of design and manufacturing processes. We seek a Research Associate with independent laboratory, programming and fabrication research experience, with an interest in engineered timber construction, off-site manufacturing, and the opportunity to transform construction.  


Our research programme is tailored specifically to unlock the potential of timber for use in off-site manufactured large-scale school buildings.  Our objectives to integrate design, technology, engineering and fabrication through research are: 


to develop a range of school designs and the digital means of fabricating them, to develop the basis for manufacturing that can take design input using our research from multiple architects, engineers, and contractors, and to influence policymakers and procurement to ensure the adoption of timber more broadly. 


Applicants should have a strong PhD in either Architecture (building technology related), Civil, Structural or Materials Engineering, Computer Science, or similarly appropriate background. Candidates should also have experience of architectural or structural design and associated analytical and computational methods. Additional skills include previous laboratory or fabrication experience (or equivalent practical experience), efficiency and productivity.


Candidates with an MSc and working towards a PhD will also be considered, but for a position on the Research Assistant scale. 


Candidates with previous practical or post-doctoral experience in architecture or structural engineering (especially timber and/or fabrication), problem solving, or materials, and good command of oral and written English are strongly encouraged. 

Applications should include:

a curriculum vitae;

a design portfolio;

a cover letter outlining how you would be able to contribute to the project in light of your research interests; 


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2022 in the first instance. 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :


Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the "Upload" section of the online application. Your covering letter will form an integral part of selecting candidates for interview. It should convey in one or two pages your interest in the project and should show how your experience to date has prepared you to take on the role. Your design portfolio (max 4 MB) should graphically show design projects you have been involved in that are relevant to this project. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. 


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mutsuko Grant (


Please quote reference GC19260 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. 

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK

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