Research Fellow in Design for Deconstruction of Lightweight Structural and Non-Structural Components

United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Dec 18, 2020
Jan 17, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Are you an enthusiastic and motivated researcher with an interest in circular economy of construction systems?

Do you have a strong background in modelling and/or experimental analysis of cold formed steel systems?

Are you experienced in structural design?

Do you want to further advance your career in one of the UK's leading research-intensive Universities, as part of a new cross-disciplinary centre for circular economy?

The School of Civil Engineering are looking for a dynamic and dedicated individual to conduct research about design for deconstruction of gypsum panels for walls and ceilings as part of a new UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre on Mineral-based Construction Materials. This exciting and influential collaboration with five other academic partners and a large group of external stakeholders, aims to support the transition to a Circular Economy for construction materials in infrastructure.

Construction is one of the top 3 sectors of the UK economy. It is responsible for 8% of GDP and 10% of both UK employment and greenhouse gas emissions. Construction materials are by far the largest material resource flow globally. In the UK, we use them at a rate of more than half a million tonnes per day, and they comprise more than 60% of UK waste. Meanwhile, new infrastructure, as a proportion of total new construction, has doubled over the past 20 years, and the National Infrastructure & Construction Pipeline projects £600 billion investment in infrastructure over the next 10 years. Yet the construction industry faces serious challenges with accessing materials while also reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts.

We are therefore collaborating with world-leading experts at the University College London, Universities of Loughborough, Sheffield and Lancaster, the British Geological Survey, and a network of national and international stakeholders from across the construction industry, to provide leadership in this sector. Our research in support of a Circular Economy for built environment infrastructure in the UK will be undertaken by 15 multidisciplinary research groups, each anchored around a postdoctoral research project. Overall, the academic collaboration will involve at least 25 world-class academics, 15 postdoctoral researchers, and 30 doctoral students and 30 MSc students, representing more than 15 disciplines. All our activities will be undertaken in interaction with a dynamic Stakeholder Interest Group of more than 100 members, representing the whole value chain and life cycle for construction materials. Our exciting programme of work will lead to actionable solutions that will create economic value from minimising use of energy and virgin raw materials, and progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The portfolio of activities will have a total budget of more than £8M.

Your role will involve conducting research in design for deconstruction of gypsum panels for walls and ceilings will be at the core of one of the 15 research groups in this prestigious collaboration. Working as part of a team, including specialists in Material and Structures at the University of Leeds, University of Naples Federico II, and industrial stakeholders, they will have primary responsibility for conducting a twenty-two month programme of work that has been designed in collaboration with the wider research teams. The academic research is expected to be followed by a one year placement with an industrial partner, for practical implementation of the academic findings.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Ornella Iuorio , Associate Professor in Architecture and Structures, School of Civil Engineering


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