School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Our vision is to be the world’s leading integrated centre for built environment research and education, focusing on the entire lifecycle of both buildings and infrastructure through our research, teaching and enterprise activities.
We are committed to excellence and provide an environment where our academics and postgraduate researchers can excel, develop knowledge and understanding to build the societies of the future.
A key part of our ethos is our extensive links with industry, with many of our students being sponsored by major construction organisations. Our research is sponsored and applied by the many organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors.
We’re looking for candidates at Senior Lecturer and Lecturer level to join the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, particularly in the following areas:
Applicants should be able to contribute to the development of research and teaching activities in the area of architecture. We particularly encourage candidates with a strong research focus on the following priority areas: digital design and fabrication, architectural history and theory, politics in space, professional practice and smart/adaptive environments. However, applicants with an outstanding track record on any other specialism in the area of architecture will be considered. Professional membership of the RIBA (or eligibility) is essential.
Construction economics and management
Applicants should have research and teaching experience relating to relevant aspects of the management and/or economics of activity in the construction industry. This could relate to industry-level analysis, firm-level operations or on-site production activity, and could relate to services such as design, procurement and through-life management as well as on-site activities.
We also welcome applications from those working in automation and process optimisation, or in the broader digital transformation of the construction sector which reflect key research themes within the School. A track record of working with industrial collaborators would be an advantage.
Urban planning and design
Applicants should be able to contribute to the development of research and teaching activities in the area of urban planning. We particularly encourage candidates with a strong research focus on the following priority areas: the governance of design, urban design and smart cities, urban design theory, public space policy and management, placemaking and sustainable communities.
However, applicants with an outstanding track record on any other specialism in the area of planning and urban design will be considered. Professional membership of the RTPI (or eligibility) is essential.
Commercial management for construction
Applicants will have a thorough understanding of commercial management practices in project-based organisations.
They will appreciate the ways in which construction and civil engineering increasingly interrogate large datasets and models to inform commercial decisions. An ability to use business analytics, data science or similar quantitative techniques to extract relevant information would be an advantage.
They will understand the importance of prudent financial, risk and contractual management and, ideally, will be familiar with construction contract administration processes such as those of the NEC4 contract suite. Ideally, the applicant will be a member, or working towards membership, of IACCM and/or RICS.
Water engineering (wastewater engineering, water quality and treatment)
The successful applicant will develop a research portfolio using the excellent facilities available within the Water Engineering (Chemistry and Biology) Laboratories.
They will contribute to the School’s current wastewater engineering related projects as well as work within the wider water engineering research group, especially in the context of low- and middle-income countries.
Applicants will have expertise in areas such as: water quality (covering water treatment, chemistry and biology of pollutants and pathogens in water and their transport), sanitation and wastewater engineering and/or waste management, remediation and energy.
About the School
We are a world-leading centre for transdisciplinary research in civil infrastructure engineering, transport and water and waste management and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in building energy demand. Many of our research outputs are created for, and in partnership with, industrial collaborators to ensure demonstrable impacts on policy and practice worldwide.
Our strong links with industry help drive innovation and productivity throughout the civil engineering and built environment sectors. We currently have over £16m of live research projects, and around £1m of consultancy contracts and have the expertise and the experience to work with industry reliably and successfully.
The School was ranked 1st in the UK for Building in the 2018 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide; we send 15% more students on engineering placements than any other UK university and have excellent graduate employment prospects.