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Research Assistant

Vacancy number 6451BR
Salary £26, 052 - £30,175 per annum (Grade 5)
Length of Contract The post is a full time position, fixed term for 12 months and is available from October 2017.
Closing date 8 October 2017
Date advert posted 7 September 2017

We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to join the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. The post is jointly funded by European Commission Horizon 2020 PLUG-N-HARVEST project and a Sêr Cymru (Star Wales) fellowship.

The post is a full time position, fixed term for 12 months and is available from October 2017.

The successful applicant will split their time working on two projects that are intrinsically linked. In the Horizon 2020 PLUG-N-HARVEST project, the post offers a unique opportunity to work in a major €6 million project and European wide consortium to develop and demonstrate a new affordable modular, multifunctional façade system that generates renewable energy and provides better insulation for existing buildings. The project comes with access to a wide pool of academic and industrial stakeholders as well as exciting research and development in this field. Additionally the post holder will work with Dr Hu Du (Principle Investigator of Project) to develop near future building energy system optimisation under the Sêr Cymru Programme.

The successful applicant should be educated to degree level. A higher degree (MSc/MPhil/PhD) in architectural engineering, building services, architecture or similar discipline, with experience of undertaking building performance evaluation, dynamic thermal simulation and advanced knowledge of modular façade with integrated renewables or low carbon building retrofit would be desirable. The post holder will produce research outputs for academic, industrial and public audiences. Excellent technical reports written skill is essential.

The post holder will be based at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Occasional travelling for site survey and building performance evaluation around Cardiff as well as potential site visits to Barcelona in Spain, Aachen in Germany and Grevena in Greece may be required.

Enquiries can be made to Dr Hu Du (duh4@cardiff.ac.uk) or Catherine Parker (PA to Head of School) (Parkerc6@cardiff.ac.uk)

Salary £26, 052 – £30,175 per annum (Grade 5).

Date post advertised: Thursday, 7 September 2017
Closing date: Sunday, 8 October 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main Function
To contribute to research within the Horizon 2020 PLUG-N-HARVEST project and Dr Hu Du’s Sêr Cymru fellowship, carrying out supporting work that helps lead to the publishing of research in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Research
• To undertake research, e.g. by planning, preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of experiments /field work/desktop research/questionnaires

• Actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners

• To contribute to research publications and presentations as required

• To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods and packages

• To resolve issues and support senior colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting

• To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas

• To provide support in research activities for undergraduate courses and research programmes and provide guidance to junior members of staff within the research team

• To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.

Other
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role

Person Specification

Essential Criteria
Qualifications and Education
1. A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
2. Knowledge of research methods and techniques within specialist field

3. Proven ability to analyse complex information and summaries appropriately

4. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding.

Communication and Team Working
5. Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences

6. Excellent organisational and team-working skills

Other
7. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team working within work

Desirable Criteria

1. A higher degree (MSc/MPhil/PhD) in architectural engineering, building services, architecture or similar discipline or a PhD in the following fields:

• dynamic building performance modelling
• modular façade with integrated renewables
• monitoring and post-occupancy evaluation of buildings
• low carbon building retrofit
• programming and analysis of big datasets

2. Relevant professional qualification(s).

3. Evidence of collaborations with industry.

4. Proven ability to work without close supervision

5. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

6. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

7. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.

Additional Information

The Project
The post is jointly funded by European Commission Horizon 2020 PLUG-N-HARVEST project and Dr Hu Du’s Sêr Cymru Fellowship. The post offers a unique opportunity to work in a major €6 million project and European wide consortium to develop and demonstrate a new affordable modular, multifunctional façade system that generate renewable energy and provide better insulation for existing buildings. The project comes with access to a wide pool of academic and industrial stakeholders as well as exciting research and development in this field.

The Welsh School of Architecture

The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) is consistently ranked amongst the top schools of architecture in published UK and Worldwide league tables, currently 5th in The Times Higher Good University Guide and in the top 50 of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings.

The WSA also had 90% of its research impact judged as outstanding (4*) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). This placed us at the top of the table for impact in the assessment panel for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

Our research underpins the BSc and MArch degree programmes as well as the specialisms we teach through advanced Masters programmes that cater to graduates across the broad spectrum of built environment professions. We set high standards for our students and expect great things from them, this is why we stand by the quality of our graduates and are proud of what they achieve.

The distinctiveness of this School lies in its tradition of combining creativity with the understanding needed to realise designs through practice, its reputation for high quality research, the calibre of its staff and in its unique location in a friendly, liveable and affordable capital city that is a gateway to the stunning landscape of Wales.

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 6451BR.

For more information visit the Cardiff University job site and search for keyword 6451BR.


Lecturer – Teaching and Research

Vacancy number 6431BR
Salary £40,523 - £46,924 per annum (Grade 7)
Length of Contract The position is full time (35 hours per week) and is fixed-term for 3 years
Closing date 8 October 2017
Date advert posted 7 September 2017

Welsh School of Architecture
The Welsh School of Architecture wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer who has experience in the area of Design Based Studio Teaching and Architectural History and Theory. The post holder will be expected to deliver high-quality and research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and to contribute to the research record of the School by carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality books and journals. The successful candidate will pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and inspire others to do the same.

The position is full time (35 hours per week) and is fixed-term for 3 years.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Chris Tweed (Head of School) TweedAC@Cardiff.ac.uk or Fran Simpson (School Manager) SimpsonF@Cardiff.ac.uk

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 7 scale.

Salary: £40,523 – £46,924 per annum (Grade 7)

Date post advertised: Thursday, 7 September 2017
Closing date: Sunday, 8 October 2017

Shortlisted Candidates will be interviewed the week commencing 30 October 2017, although definite dates will be provided after shortlisting.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received. Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

  • Job Description
    Main Function

    To deliver high-quality and research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and contribute to the research record of the School through commitment to carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research, teaching and enterprise and to inspire others to do the same.
  • Main Duties and Responsibilities
    Research

    • To conduct research within the area of Architectural History and Theory and contribute to the overall internationally recognised research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in leading high-quality peer-reviewed academic journals and high-impact conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of research staff and postgraduate/MSc research students
    • To independently develop research objectives, projects or proposals for own or joint research including research funding acting as a PI as required. To develop research networks through regular national/international conference/seminar presentations
    • To participate in School research activities.

    Teaching
    • To independently contribute to module and curriculum development and to lead, manage and organise a year group at undergraduate/ postgraduate level.
    • To carry out other forms of scholarship including work associated with examinations (setting and marking paper and providing constructive feedback to students), administration, participation in committee work, and the pastoral care of students of Cardiff University including design practise teaching.
    • To supervise the work of students including the supervision of Undergraduate and Master’s students, the co-supervision of PGR’s and acting as a PGR progress review panel member as required
    • To act as a Personal Tutor and provide pastoral support to students

    Other
    • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
    • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
    • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

  • Person Specification
    Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 6431BR.
  • Essential Criteria
    Qualifications and Education
    1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in architecture or a closely related subject area or relevant industrial experience.
    2. Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning or equivalent qualification or experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience
    3. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
    • Design Practise
    • Architectural History and Theory
    4. Significant teaching experience at a high level of quality at undergraduate/postgraduate level, including design practise teaching, and demonstrating teaching innovation and course development and design.
    5. Growing national reputation within academic field

    6. Proven substantial record of publications in high-impact national journals.

    7. Proven ability attain competitive research funding along with a strong portfolio of research grants

    8. Ability to contribute to the delivery and continued development of modules across the School teaching programmes

    Pastoral, Communication and Team Working
    9. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication

    10. The ability to provide appropriate pastoral support to students, appreciate the needs of individual students and their circumstances and to act as a personal tutor

  • Desirable Criteria
    1. Relevant professional qualification(s), e.g. RIBA Part 2.2. Evidence of collaborations with industry3. Proven ability to work without close supervision4. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community5. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the teaching and research activities of the School6. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.7. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.
  • Additional Information
    The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) is consistently ranked amongst the top schools of architecture in published UK and Worldwide league tables, currently 5th in The Times Higher Good University Guide and in the top 50 of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings.The WSA also had 90% of its research impact judged as outstanding (4*) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). This placed us at the top of the table for impact in the assessment panel for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.Our research underpins the BSc and MArch degree programmes as well as the specialisms we teach through advanced Masters programmes that cater to graduates across the broad spectrum of built environment professions. We set high standards for our students and expect great things from them, this is why we stand by the quality of our graduates and are proud of what they achieve.The distinctiveness of this School lies in its tradition of combining creativity with the understanding needed to realise designs through practice, its reputation for high quality research, the calibre of its staff and in its unique location in a friendly, liveable and affordable capital city that is a gateway to the stunning landscape of Wales.Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 6431BR.

For more information visit the Cardiff University job site and search for keyword 6431BR.


Research Assistant

Vacancy number 6379BR
Salary £26,495 - £30,688 Per annum pro rata (Grade 5). Please note this post will not be appointed above spine point 26 (£26,495).
Length of Contract The post is a part time position 17.5 hours per week, is fixed term for 3 years and is available from October 2017
Closing date 7 October 2017
Date advert posted 6 September 2017

Welsh School of Architecture
The Welsh School of Architecture invites applications for a 3 year Research Assistant position to work on the project ‘The Prismatic City : How Las Vegas Reveals the True Nature of City-Design-and-Building Processes’. The project is led by Professor Aseem Inam Ph.D. Chair in Urban Design and will be funded by the Welsh School of Architecture. This is a part-time post, offering the chance to undertake a PhD at Cardiff in tandem if desired.

Project Description
The primary research project is a book project tentatively entitled The Prismatic City: How Las Vegas Reveals the True Nature of City-Design-and-Building Processes. Las Vegas has long been portrayed by designers and urbanists as an outlier and exemplar of what urbanism should not be. The book argues otherwise: That the city is not only worthy of serious analysis, but also serves as a prism for understanding the true nature of contemporary American urbanism. The book analyses several phenomena that reflect and refract the American city: how histories of urbanisms reveal ways in which cities are truly shaped, how so-called “public-private partnerships” actually work, how cities change over time in fits and starts, the symbiotic relationships between the “frontstage” and “backstage” of cities, ways in which the public interest is served by labour unions rather than planners, and the surprising ways in which Las Vegas is perhaps the most authentic city in the world.
Ultimately, the book sheds light on multiple and complex narratives about cities, and argues in favour of urban theory that emerges out of fine-grained empirical analysis.

A second research project that will lead to a book is about the ways in the resourcefulness and innovation of informal urbanisms can be inspirations for new modes of transformative design practice. The book examines what informal urbanisms are, how they are integral to cities in the global south and the global north, highlights experiments in informal urbanisms that the author has lead in Sao Paulo, New York and Toronto, and concludes with implications for 21st century design practice.

The Candidate
I am looking for an Assistant who has experience conducting serious research, either in academia or in practice. The Research Assistant will help me identify and collect material about these topics, including interviews, photographs, videos, government reports, newspaper articles, historical archives, scholarly books and journal articles, online resources, and other sources [including from Cardiff University libraries]. The Research Assistant will also work with me to analyse the material and craft arguments by assisting with writing papers and preparing presentations. The student must be highly motivated and well organized.

The post is a part time position 17.5 hours per week, is fixed term for 3 years and is available from October 2017.

Salary : £26,495 – £30,688 Per annum pro rata (Grade 5). Please note this post will not be appointed above spine point 26 (£26,495).

Date post advertised: Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Closing Date : Saturday, 7 October 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Main Function
To contribute to research within specialist area, carrying out supporting work that helps lead to the publishing of research in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
Research

• To undertake research, e.g. by planning, preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of experiments /field work/desktop research/questionnaires (delete as appropriate)

• Actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings, through publications and other recognised avenues as appropriate, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners

• To contribute to research publications and presentations as required

• To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods and packages

• To resolve issues and support senior colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting

• To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas as appropriate

• To provide support in research activities for undergraduate courses and research programmes and provide guidance to junior members of staff within the research team

• To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.

Other
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification
Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 6379BR.

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education
1. A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
2. Knowledge of research methods and techniques within specialist field

3. Proven ability to analyse complex information and summaries appropriately

4. Proven ability to be successful in competitive research funding.

Communication and Team Working
5. Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences

6. Excellent organisational and team-working skills

Other
7. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and teamworking within work

Desirable Criteria
8. PhD in a relevant discipline

9. Relevant professional qualification(s).

10. Evidence of collaborations with industry.

11. Proven ability to work without close supervision

12. Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.

13. A willingness to take responsibility for academically related administration.

14. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.

Additional Information

The Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) is consistently ranked amongst the top schools of architecture in published UK and Worldwide league tables, currently 4th in The Times Higher Good University Guide and in the top 50 of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings.

The WSA also had 90% of its research impact judged as outstanding (4*) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). This placed us at the top of the table for impact in the assessment panel for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

Our research underpins the BSc and MArch degree programmes as well as the specialisms we teach through advanced Masters programmes that cater to graduates across the broad spectrum of built environment professions. We set high standards for our students and expect great things from them, this is why we stand by the quality of our graduates and are proud of what they achieve.

The distinctiveness of this School lies in its tradition of combining creativity with the understanding needed to realise designs through practice, its reputation for high quality research, the calibre of its staff and in its unique location in a friendly, liveable and affordable capital city that is a gateway to the stunning landscape of Wales.

For more information visit the Cardiff University job site and search for keyword 6379BR.


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