Early Stage Researcher Pre-Doctoral Position

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Job Description

The Faculty of Social Sciences is seeking to appoint an early stage researchers to join our “RE-DWELL: Delivering affordable and sustainable housing in Europe” project, a European Training Network under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions framework. RE-DWELL will train a new generation of professionals with the transdisciplinary skills which are needed to address the urgent need of affordable and sustainable housing, a major challenge for European societies. In RE-DWELL, 15 early-stage researchers will be recruited to carry out transdisciplinary research encompassing design planning and building, community participation, and policy and financing. Their work will be supervised by an international board of experts from a variety of academic and professional fields. Researchers will carry out their work as PhD students in the host academic institution with secondments taking place at the professional organizations participating in the network.

It is expected that the successful candidate will complete their PhD studies alongside their research positions.
The Sheffield ESR4 will concentrate on Lifecycle cost analysis and socioeconomic impact of existing social housing construction methods, to evaluate whole life costs of existing building methods for social housing. The research project will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Karim Hadjri and Dr Krzysztof Nawratek at the Sheffield School of

Architecture, University of University.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Architecture or a related subject.
This might be associated with architectural design, urban design, housing studies, or building science. Applicants nearing completion of their Master’s degree are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should have previous experience of quantitative and qualitative research methods, excellent record keeping and data management skills, with appropriate IT experience, excellent organisational and time management skills and effective communication skills. Applicants should also have a willingness to update and acquire new skills and knowledge in line with advances in the relevant subject area, including technical expertise and experience, with a view to completing their PhD studies within 3 years.

All early-stage researchers in the MSCA-ITN programme must meet the following eligibility and mobility requirements. To be eligible for recruitment within an ITN project, you must – at the date of recruitment – be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have a doctoral degree. The MSCA are a researcher mobility programme. You are therefore required to undertake transnational mobility in order to be eligible for recruitment in an ITN project. As such, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you will be recruited for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before your start date.

This post is fixed-term (three years) from 1st May 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter, and full-time.
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