Architect Job: EPSRC FIBE2 CDT PhD studentship with MTC: Design for Manufacturing: retrofit all UK homes in 28 years

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This is a four-year (1+3 MRes/PhD) studentship funded through the Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2 CDT). The FIBE2 CDT aims to develop the next generation of infrastructure professionals who can create, shape and deliver the national vision for UK infrastructure, who will be equipped with a versatile and cross-disciplinary skill set to meet the most complex emerging challenges and contribute effectively to better infrastructure decision-making in the UK. Further details can be found at

This full-time project is funded in collaboration with MTC. The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry. This has been extended to cover not only R&D but also Training, Advanced Manufacturing Management and Factory Design.

Project Details:

All of the UK’s 28 million homes must be retrofitted to the highest levels of energy performance in the 28 years remaining to deliver the UK’s legal commitment to zero emissions. A small number of expensive and slow one-off projects have demonstrated that this can be done, with Victorian buildings retrofitted to performance near to that of new Passiv Houses. However the costs of these projects has been very high and they have taken a long time. Converting from expensive one-off delivery to mass market coverage requires that we deploy the design and production skills and technologies of contemporary manufacturing to the practices of one-off small-scale construction.

This project is is focused on specification, covering the assessment of the existing building and identification and evaluation of all possible options for retrofit, including material specification and the configuration and integration of equipment and systems.

Informal enquires about this post can be made to Prof Julian Allwood  ([email protected]).

For general enquiries, please email [email protected].

Candidates for this position will have a good first degree in relevant areas of engineering design, building physics or architecture, ideally with some relevant industrial experience.

The FIBE2 CDT studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for UK students. A small number of funded places may be available for excellent EU/international students. Further details about eligibility and funding can be found at:

Applications should be made online on stating course code EGEGR3 with Design for Manufacturing: retrofit all UK homes in 28 years with Supervisor Prof Julian Allwood stated on the form.

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

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