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Thank you for your interest in working with UKCRIC. A career with us is an opportunity to work with a network of talented individuals on groundbreaking research on infrastructure and cities.

On this page we advertise a wide variety of roles associated with UKCRIC partners and affiliates.

If you would like to advertise a UKCRIC opportunity here, please email it to: hello@ukcric.com.

Current vacancies

Research Fellow in Cementitious Materials ChemistrySchool of Civil Engineering

Location: University of Leeds
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum (due to funding restrictions an appointment will not be made above £36,914 per annum)
Full Time Fixed Term, 12 months
Closing Date: Monday 12 July 2021

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Are you a highly motivated and dedicated researcher in cementitious materials? Are you looking for a new and exciting challenge to study cementitious materials combining application of materials characterisation techniques and modelling approaches? Do you want to investigate the fundamental science underlying phase assemblage evolution of cements as a function of mix design?

As part of an exciting EPSRC fellowship research programme, MUSE, led by Professor Susan A. Bernal, you will evaluate non-Portland cementitious materials including alkali-activated, supersulfated and/or calcium sulfoaluminate type cements to determine the existing correlations between the properties of starting raw materials, composition of the cements produced, and the microstructural features controlling the type and amount of reactions products forming as a function of time. This will be achieved by applying state-of-the-art techniques such as synchrotron X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, along with spectroscopy techniques such as solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance.

Holding a first degree and doctoral degree (or close to completion) in Materials or Civil Engineering, Geology, Environmental Science or a closely allied discipline, you will have a strong background in alkali-activated and/or Portland cement materials chemistry, experience in advanced characterisation of Portland and/or non-Portland cements, and a good understanding of the interrelationships between chemistry of the cements evaluated, phase assemblage and pore structure development. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be willing to collaborate with a vibrant and dynamic team of researchers across different Schools at University of Leeds, and different partner Universities within the UK and abroad.

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

Professor Susan A. Bernal Lopez, Chair in Structural Materials & EPSRC Early Career Fellow

Email: s.a.bernallopez@leeds.ac.uk

Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Research Associate or Senior Research Associate - Flood Resilience for the TRANsport Sector (FR-TRANS)University of Bristol

Location: Bristol, England
Salary: Grade I - £33,797 to £38,017 per annum pro rata & Grade J - £38,017 to £42,792 per annum pro rata
Part Time/Fixed Term for 6 months
Closing Date: Monday 19 July 2021

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The GW4 Alliance brings together four of the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. As a collaborative research community, it addresses major global challenges and provide innovative solutions aligned to the Industrial Strategy.

The project “Flood Resilience for the TRANsport Sector (FR-TRANS)” aims at building an active Community within GW4 around flood and transport resilience which will develop: (i) sustainability mechanisms to stay connected and operational in the long-term; (ii) a collaborative exploratory study for self-proofing relationships and knowledge exchange. This study will tackle the global challenge of extreme rainfall events impacting cities, especially critical infrastructure such as roads.

What will you be doing?

Over the next 6 months you will:

Undertake transport model simulation You will develop a case study of transport resilience to flooding, collecting data and establishing a transferable method.
Work with research partners You will collaborate with the other partners for developing the pilot study and mechanism to establish the Community.
Provide regular progress reports and assist in the production of academic papers You will use your project management skills to keep the project to time and budget, and your writing skills in helping to prepare academic papers based on the study’s findings.

Be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project You will establish a robust system for project management to achieve the project milestones.

• Support communication and dissemination You will plan projects’ meetings and contribute to the organisation of workshops, you will use social media to disseminate project’s outcome.

Deputy Director - Cross-Council ProgrammesUKRI

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Salary: £61,227 per annum
Full Time/Part Time (Minimum considered 0.8 FTE)
Closing Date: Tuesday 20 July 2021

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) supports some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects. We develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world and work collaboratively with industry, academia and government in exciting partnerships. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC), as part of UKRI, provides essential research and skills for all sectors of the economy, and through this aims to enhance long-term societal well-being and prosperity. 

This is a new Deputy Director post within the Cross-Council Directorate of EPSRC, with an essential requirement to work positively in partnership across EPSRC teams, UKRI and the wider Research and Innovation system. The Deputy Director will provide strategic leadership across the thematic areas of health and well-being (including healthcare technologies), manufacturing and the circular economy, drawing on the expertise of Heads of Themes in these specific areas. They will take an active role in enhancing senior partnerships across UKRI and actively seek to exploit synergies between disciplines to enhance EPSRC and UKRI leadership.

Research AssociateUCL

Location: Flexible location for Professors Gordon Masterton (University of Edinburgh); Liz Varga (UCL) and Sergio Cavalaro (Loughborough University)
Salary: To be agreed
Full Time
Closing Date: Thursday 22 July 2021

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This work will help inform decisions for transitioning the UK Collaboratorium for Research and Infrastructure in Cities (UKCRIC) research community into a sustainable venture, recommending a preferred roadmap. It will ensure equality, diversity and inclusion is addressed in both the vision and transition and it will engage with stakeholders across government, academia, business, and third sectors.

This is a project built around researching options and consensus building across multiple partners and stakeholders on various opportunities and on potential normative futures for research and related activities within the UK Collaboratorium for Research and Infrastructure in Cities (UKCRIC). This is a 12 month programme of work, reliant on the contributions of stakeholders, led by three UKCRIC investigators with vested interests and skills, and supported by a full-time dedicated post-doctoral researcher.

A post-doctoral Research Associate is required with skills in elicitation, consensus building, preparation of high quality visualisations, writing for policy and/or strategy and for multiple disciplines; likely to have academic interests in public policy, organisational theory, visioning futures, with a background from business schools, social studies or related disciplines. Location: Edinburgh, London or Loughborough.

PDRA activities:  

Work Package (WP) 1 – Research and options analysis on existing models for effective delivery of UKCRIC-style objectives engaging internationally with UKCRIC advisory board support including consideration of UKCRIC’s theory of change  (Month 0-2);

WP2 – Stakeholder engagement: visioning sessions (two) with UKCRIC members to create a view on the preferred normative statuses of UKCRIC (Month 3) and identification and consultation with handpicked individuals (taking account of EDI) across a range of industry, potential sponsors, and government contacts to inform the aspects of the emerging road map (Month 4);

WP3Communication: preparation of consultation materials: fliers, web-site, hashtags, etc. (Month 2-4);

WP4Backcasting: determination of alternative viable steps/mechanisms and roads to transition (Month 4-5); Assumptions and dependencies: consolidation of commitments, needs, etc. into assumptions and dependencies accounting for EDI principles (Month 5-6);

WP5Drafting: Preparing the visualizations of the normative futures and the transition roadmap (D1): writing the associated short-and mid-term extension strategy for wider consultation (D3) (Month 7-8);

WP6 – Stakeholder validation and improvement – 5 (minimum) stakeholder presentation and feedback events: UKCRIC universities (VCs) and facilities’ directors, government departments and agencies, potential sponsors (e.g. Catapults, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), infrastructure agencies and operators, investors, insurers and re-insurers, local authorities, LEPs, charities, etc Virtual (using Miro or similar online whiteboard) and face to face (autumn 2021 if possible) (Month 9-10);

WP7Mechanisms for change: research, validation and agreement on preferred mechanisms (and theory of change) for monitoring (e.g. critical success factors), review, adaptation, etc. of the roadmap and normative futures (D1) and the strategy (D3) with cross-cutting group of hand-picked stakeholders, leading to the drafting and approval of mechanisms for change deliverable (D2) (Month 11-12);

WP8 Finalisation of deliverables: preparation of the UKCRIC Vision for the Future (Month 12).

Prof Gordon Masterton is the Professor of Future Infrastructure at the University of Edinburgh. Groundwork to create the Centre for Future Infrastructure, funded by the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal (£20m). Contributor of two modules to the MSc in Leading Major Programmes. Formerly, major programme leader in industry (eg P-Rep for Crossrail 2009-12); Vice President of Jacobs, and currently chairing oversight and assurance for HS2 major procurements, and technical advisor to Sir Peter Hendy’s Union Connectivity Review for fixed link to Northern Ireland. Past President of ICE and IESIS. Past Chairman of CIC. Research on benefits management for IPA Project X published: https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/en/publications/a-cross-national-comparison-of-public-project-benefits-management Stakeholder engagement, meeting needs of industry.

Prof Liz Varga is the Professor of Complex Systems and leads UCL’s Infrastructure Systems Institute. She leads UKCRIC’s Coordination Node (PI-EPSRC EP/R017727/1 £3.5m) and works on DAFNI – data and analytics facility for national infrastructure (CoI-EPSRC EP/R012202/1 £8m). In respect of road-mapping and transition planning she has worked on multi-stakeholder industrial projects including ‘Connected Autonomous Plant’ https://trl.co.uk/publications/connected-and-autonomous-plant---a-roadmap-to-2035 and research projects such as EU-INNOVATE (CoI-FP7-SSH -613194) which developed transition pathways to various normative sustainable futures[1]. She is also CoI on CECAN (ES/N012550/1) which developed a limited company to facilitate transition.

Prof Sergio Cavalaro is the Chair of Infrastructure Systems at Loughborough University (LU) and skills lead for UKCRIC. He directs the UKCRIC National Facility for Infrastructure Construction (LU PI, EP/R010161/1, £1.3M via Imperial College) and coordinates the UKCRIC CDT. He is also impact hub director and an EDI lead in the Centre for Post-Doctoral Development in Infrastructures, Cities and Energy (£4M, Research England, Co-I), which brings together a plethora of key stakeholders in this space and 20 HEIs from UKCRIC and ERA. His £17+M research and enterprise portfolio includes his participation as academic lead of the Advanced Manufacture area for the UKRI Circular Economy Centre of Mineral-based Construction Materials (Co-I, EP/V011820/1, £1.0M).

How to apply: interested candidates should send a cv and reference to UKCRIC

[1] Example: Allen, PM, Butans, E, Robinson, M, Varga, L (2020) Sustainability from Household and Infrastructure Innovations, Sustainability Sciencehttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00830-w