UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


We're hiring: KTP Research Associate: Energy Efficiency and Moisture risk assessment

9 February 2023

UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering is recruiting a KTP Research Associate to work on Energy Efficiency and Moisture risk assessment

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Key information

  • UCL Department / Division: The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

  • Specific unit / Sub department: UCL Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering

  • Location of position: London

  • Grade: 7

  • Salary: £38,308- £46,155

  • Hours: Full Time

  • Professional Expertise: Research and Research Support

  • Department: UCL BEAMS (B04)

  • Location: London

  • Contract Type: Fixed-term

  • Working Type: Hybrid (20% - 80% on site)

  • Available for Secondment: No

  • Closing Date: 09-Mar-2023

  • Ref Number: B04-03367

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Duties and Responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity for Building Science postgraduates and postdocs to lead a project that will apply cutting edge research in the built environment in a brand-new way to the energy efficiency industry. Based at Q-Bot and with full support from a group of UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering experts, the KTP Associate will develop an innovative Moisture Risk Assessment and Management tool to enable Q-Bot to manage moisture risks associated with retrofit insulation measures. This will enable the provision of long-term assurances to clients and industry partners, increasing sales and benefitting building occupants. This will involve acquiring in-depth technical knowledge for the development of moisture protocols and a moisture risk management tool, working with a wide-ranging group of Q-Bot's installers to identify and characterise the various methods and protocols currently being used and ensuring the outputs of the KTP are embedded into the existing practice processes of diagnosis and installation of floor insulation to generate real impact in Q-Bot’s fast-moving business environment. Plus, the successful candidate will be part of the prestigious 40-year-old national Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme offering a dedicated professional development budget, a network of fellow Associates from many disciplines and training and mentoring opportunities.  The Associate will also have the opportunity to write publications about their work alongside the academic and company team. Find out more about KTPs here: https://www.ktp-uk.org/graduates/

Key Requirements

This role offers a springboard to a career in both industry and academia to postgraduates and postdocs in building science and related disciplines. The successful candidate will get to apply their STEM subject undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree / doctorate in Building Sciences, use their knowledge of moisture risk in retrofitting buildings, lead visual surveys and develop novel insights. In this way the Associate will challenge existing ways of moisture assessment to develop a cutting-edge innovative Moisture Risk Assessment and Management tool allowing robust diagnosis and managing risks in its robotic underfloor insulation service. Strong communication skills, a collaborative attitude and good project management skills demonstrated through previous experience in a business or academic setting will ensure the KTP Associate fully enjoys the benefits of their unique position at the interface between industry and academia, including their close access to the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering.

Further Details

Situated within the Bartlett Faculty of UCL (which is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions globally, 3rd in the UK), UCL Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering is part of the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) and provides expert interdisciplinary knowledge, collaborative research and teaching across a wide range of energy and environmental challenges. As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below: • 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days) • Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme • Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE) • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan • Immigration loan • Relocation scheme for certain posts • On-Site nursery • On-site gym • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay • Employee Assistance Programme: Staff Support Service • Discounted medical insurance Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/work-at-ucl/reward-and-benefits to find out more.

To download the job description and person specification, see here: Download: KTP Research Associate Q-Bot - JD & person specification.docx

To apply for this vacancy, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of the page.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact: bseer-recruitment@ucl.ac.uk.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.


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