Research Assistant

Updated: about 2 hours ago
Location: Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Excellent benefits package

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Research Assistant, Full Time, Fixed Term (up to 12 months)

We are currently looking for a Research Assistant to join our Centre of Offsite Construction and Innovation Structures within the School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE)

The Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovation Structures undertakes research and commercial activities to improve the delivery of the built environment via pre-manufactured approaches. COCIS has active projects developing technical solutions for the offsite sector with a particular emphasis on timber technologies working closely with industry partners and government agencies. The project work of COCIS includes the exploration of manufacturing engineered timber products such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) from UK resource and the development of technical solutions for advanced panelised and roofing systems for manufacturers. COCIS also undertakes productivity, market assessment and capacity project work on behalf of the sector and acts as academic lead for Offsite Solutions Scotland, a co-operative of leading timber offsite construction providers in Scotland. The work of COCIS is embedded into teaching content at undergrad and postgraduate levels and also delivered to professionals via Continual Professional Development.  

The role

As Research Assistant you will be facilitating outreach activities supporting the finalisation of project reports, academic publications and content for presentation purpose. You will work across a range of project activities providing technical support and will be actively involved in test work, data processing and technical reporting as well as creating technical drawings or digital Building Information modelling entities for the exchange of information and/or communication purposes.

You will support the creation of outreach material including academic paper writing and materials for public displays including infographics and poster presentation. Additionally you may also be required to facilitate the creation of other media material including the editing of video content. You will support capacity and market assessment reviews and productivity analyses of the sector undertaking both qualitative and quantitative assessment processes engaging with industry partners and stakeholders. In addition you will develop skills content on offsite and industrialised time construction ensuring you are working collaboratively with colleagues and external partners.

Who we are looking for 

Essential requirements: 

  • Master level degree in a Built Environment subject area
  • Track record working with industry partners on timber related research projects
  • Experience of writing academic content in the field offsite and timber construction
  • Experience of managing research activities and delivering research outputs to industry or external stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of construction software such as AutoCad & Sketchup
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

Desirable Requirements: 

  • Graduate member of a relevant professional institution
  • Experience of building external networks
  • Creation of skills content including experience of editing media files 

 For a detailed list of the requirements, you can read the full role profile here

Benefits we offer 

In return, we offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement and offer an attractive benefit package. This includes a generous pension scheme, professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts.

Salary: £26,243 – £31,302 per annum (Grade 4)

Additional Information

 Application Closing Date: 11th October (Midnight)

Interviews will be held on 22nd October and 23rd October.

Please note that the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment. We are unable to sponsor any candidate for this role.

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations and hold Disability Confident, Career Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here

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