Architect Job: Research Fellow (Building Physics Modelling)/Scientific Manager

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About us

The Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering pursues a deeper understanding of the interactions between the built environment and health, human wellbeing, productivity, energy use and climate change. Our courses train students wanting to make buildings, towns and cities more sustainable, efficient, and healthier. We deliver interdisciplinary built environment research to improve health, wellbeing and sustainability. Our specialist expertise in temperature, moisture and air quality, light and lighting, and acoustics, underpinned by systems thinking to understand how different elements interact to create buildings and spaces where people can live healthy, fulfilling lives. The PAICE programme will inform and evaluate UK Net Zero policies using transdisciplinary approaches to generate and implement evidence. Climate change mitigation policy must consider population health and health equity alongside reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and would benefit from an integrated, intersectoral approach. We will develop shared priorities with stakeholders, understand current and planned policies, build models to assess their cross-sectoral impact, consolidate a monitoring framework, and evaluate and help accelerate delivery. PAICE brings together experts from four Wellcome-funded projects (CUSSH, SHEFS, Pathfinder Initiative and HEROIC) that have generated evidence on the connections between climate and health in the energy, housing, food and transport sectors.

About the role

The main role of the successful applicant will be to continue to develop and apply housing modelling approaches to support the PAICE project. Part of the role may also involve acting as the scientific and data manager for the PAICE project. This post is available from 01 Nov 2023 and is funded until 30 April 2026 in the first instance, further funding to support the post may be available. A job description and person specification can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button above. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact [email protected]. If you have specific questions about the role please contact Prof. Mike Davies, [email protected]

About you

The ideal candidate is a highly quantitative and analytical person with a PhD or equivalent experience in engineering, physics, buildings, energy systems or related quantitative field and a keen interest in multi-disciplinary research. A good understanding of the indoor environment, including exposures to air pollution, heat or cold, and indoor moisture, as well as how these may be modified by the local outdoor environment, is important. Knowledge of statistical/programming tools (e.g. R, Python, SAS) is required. Experience with EnergyPlus, multizonal air pollution models, and hygrothermal models is desirable. Experience managing large projects, working with Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and handling large datasets is also desirable.


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