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  • Posted on: 12th Jan 2021
  • Salary: £36,028 - £42,363 per annum
  • REF: 1874117
  • Closes: 28th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the most influential, exciting and innovative architecture schools in the world, setting the agenda for what architecture is and could be. Building on a long tradition of innovation and ingenuity, The Bartlett School of Architecture has nearly 300 staff and 1,000 students from 50 countries who continue to explore new challenges with a passion for inventiveness, intelligence and wit.

The School is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to develop and be responsible for the delivery of a programme of high-quality research into the structure and operation of shark gills in the process of filter-feeding; a process with implications for the design of compliant mechanisms and fluid dynamics in architecture and broader domains. Research will involve the parametric modelling of biological components, testing of these via systematic production of physical prototypes and a mapping of their properties of filtration.

The project is expected to be approximately 2 years in total subject to subsequent funding being received.

Duration of the role is until 30 November 2021 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate qualification in a scientifically and design literate subject (such as engineering) as well as a background in conducting computer simulations, including fluid mechanics, and in geometric modelling and digital fabrication.

Experience of academic research in a related field is essential as is a confident disposition with the ability to present complex topics to a variety of audiences, and to produce and deliver presentations with ease. As well as a flexible attitude to take on new areas of application we are seeking a motivated and organised individual, capable of managing a varied workload whilst meeting strict deadlines with minimum supervision.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary 31,542 – 33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact bartlett.arch.hr@ucl.ac.uk.

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

28 Feb 2021

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Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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