Research Assistant – Cardiff Metropolitan University

A position has become available for a Research Assistant to work in the Ecological Built Environment Research & Enterprise group (EBERE), at Cardiff Metropolitan University, to be based in Cardiff and Swansea, UK – with a closing date of the 17/11/15.

9th November 2015

The successful candidate will be an experienced graduate with a minimum of a good degree in an architectural, construction, surveying, science or relevant discipline and also a PGDip, MSc. MA or MPhil in Architectural Engineering, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Renewable Energy, or relevant discipline and will take up the post of a Research Assistant for 12 months.

A minimum of a good degree in an architectural, construction, surveying, science or relevant discipline and also a PGDip, MSc. MA or MPhil in Architectural Engineering, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Renewable Energy, or relevant discipline.

The role holder will assist Dr Littlewood, Senior Lecturer – Architectural Design and Technology, and visiting academics, working on a Research Enterprise and Investment Fund research project, in collaboration with Coastal Housing Group (CHG), in south Wales.

Dr Littlewood has been developing in-construction test (iCT) methods for assessing the energy efficiency of dwellings for some time and findings of this research indicate that accredited and robust building fabric details, may in certain circumstances, not be fit for acoustic and thermal performance purposes when constructed; there are no such details in common use for preventing smoke/fire spread; and some contractors may not undertake suitable compliance tests of these details. The iCT methodology has been piloted with combined air tests/smoke tests on a few dwellings with accredited/robust details, where significant smoke spread between dwellings occurs in minutes.

The project will collect evidence from the UK Fire Service on causes of fires and occupant injury/death in dwellings/between dwellings. In addition, the project will further develop/implement the iCT test methodology using various tools on several case studies, to determine the extent of the performance issues. The results will be presented in the Perceptual Experience Laboratory (PEL) with the assistance of relevant PEL staff. Evidence will be used to inform further funding applications, publications and where appropriate to challenge policy for fire regulations, and to determine whether a compliance test for smoke/fire spread should be adopted.

This is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to work with an innovative housing association specialising in sustainable urban regeneration, with the support and expertise of a team of experienced academics from Cardiff Metropolitan University’s EBERE group.

For more information on the role and to apply visit the website

For further information contact John Littlewood on 02920 416676 or jlittlewood@cardiffmet.ac.uk