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Research Assistant / Associate in Architectural Prototyping

Requisition ID:  22926
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  14-Sep-2022

 

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

 

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

 

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

 

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

 

Salary:

Research Assistant: £29,619 to £31,411 per annum

Research Associate: £32,348 to £40,931 per annum

 

Closing Date: 16 October 2022

 

The Role

 

We are seeking a dynamic and creative researcher to join the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) with a profound interest in creative design and prototyping with new materials, technologies, and processes for the built environment. HBBE is an exciting collaboration between Newcastle University and Northumbria University with over 60 members, supported by substantial funding from Research England.

 

Our vision is to develop biotechnologies to create a new generation of Living Buildings which are responsible and responsive to their natural environment, grown using living engineered materials to reduce inefficient industrial construction processes, metabolise their own waste, reducing pollution and generating energy and high-value products, and modulate their microbiome to benefit human and ecological health and wellbeing.


We are looking for a creative, self-motivated, and adaptable researcher with expertise in digital and analogue design and fabrication, to help develop experimental prototypes for installation in our experimental building (The OME). You will be based in the HBBE workshop with access to a range of digital fabrication tools and material testing equipment including a robot arm, water jet cutter, 3D printers, 3D knitting machine, tensile/compression tester, climate chambers, and biological growing room. Training will be provided for use of this equipment if necessary. Some knowledge or experience of applications of emerging biotechnologies would be welcome but is not essential. A strong design portfolio is essential with evidence of a range of digital and analogue design and making skills and a track record in research through design. You will be based in the HBBE Responsible Interactions theme and will collaborate with researchers from a wide range of disciplines from the Microbial Environments, Living Construction and Building Metabolism research themes.


In addition to the standard application documents (including CV and cover letter) candidates are asked to provide a portfolio of projects which demonstrate strong design and making skills.

 

The nature of this role will require you to work on the University campus most of the time.


The post is full-time (or part-time if a suitable job share can be arranged) and fixed-term from: available immediately - March 2024.  

Informal queries to Dr Ben Bridgens, ben.bridgens@ncl.ac.uk

For more information about the project see our website here.

 

As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

 

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead on the design, development, and fabrication of prototypes in collaboration with colleagues in different disciplines across the HBBE
  • Take responsibility for project planning and administration including completing risk assessments, working within the Health & Safety guidelines and protocols associated with the workshops and labs
  • Build relationships with other international researchers, external bodies and industry partners
  • Support colleagues to present original research at international conferences, exhibitions and in peer reviewed journals
  • Develop presentations for a range of audiences to increase our impact
  • Contribute to funding bids
  • Assist in the management and development of the HBBE workshop

 

The Person

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Excellent creative design and graphical skills demonstrable through a design portfolio
  • Demonstrable fabrication skills including both digital and analogue fabrication with a range of materials
  • Experience conducting experimental research with emerging technologies, generating data and/or using design as a research method 

Desirable

  • Knowledge and/or experience of material testing 
  • Experience of project management, administration and/or health & safety management 
  • Experience publishing research through papers and/or design practice outputs 
  • Experience of working with biomaterials and/or biotechnologies 

 

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Demonstrable interest in new and emerging technologies and their application in design for the built environment
  • Good communication skills and ability to describe complex concepts to non-experts
  • Good team working ability, in particular an ability to work productively with people across different disciplines
  • Flexibility and adaptability to respond to the needs of the project and to work on multiple projects in parallel
  • Willingness to travel internationally

 

Qualifications

  • 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Architecture, Design or Architectural Technology (or a combination of these) or other creative design fields related to design and new technologies 
  • Masters degree (or equivalent experience) in Architecture, Design, Architectural Technology or other creative design fields related to design and new technologies 

Desirable

  • PhD (or equivalent experience) in Architecture, Design or Architectural Technology (or a combination of these) or other creative design fields related to design and new technologies 
     

 

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the community they represent. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, as well as being open to flexible working practices.