Research Associate

Cardiff University

Cardiff, , GB

Research Associate, Geoenvironmental Research Centre
School of Engineering, Cardiff University 

Applications are invited for a Research Associate post at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC), Cardiff University to investigate on novel composite barrier systems that use soils and other appropriate materials (industrial wastes) in a sustainable way to provide enhanced water holding capacity and act as a barrier that enable water ingress and egress, while supporting vegetation growth. The successful candidate will join a network of researchers working on various aspects of climate adaptation control technologies for urban spaces including their in situ implementation. The work involves advanced laboratory testing on soils and other appropriate materials to study water absorption/desorption, volume change, permeability and shear strength under various combinations of the cyclic seasonal climatic processes (drying, wetting, freezing and thawing). The post is funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) via a collaborative project grant (EP/R005834/1) “Climate Adaptation Control Technologies for Urban Spaces (CACTUS).” The project is led by Durham University with Cardiff University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Dundee, Imperial College London and Newcastle University.
The project as a whole aims to develop climate adaptation composite barriers to protect geoinfrastructure (shallow foundations, retaining walls, buried utilities etc.) in urban spaces (towns and cities), by combining water holding layers and a capillary barrier. Such engineered barriers can provide resilient solutions to protect geoinfrastructure from more intense precipitation events and more extremes of drying, wetting, freezing and thawing that are expected to result from climate change.
The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking laboratory research works on aspects related to water holding capacity, volume change, permeability and shear strength of a variety of potential geomaterials under various predetermined physical and hydraulic boundary conditions. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research at the GRC to study the exposure of the potential barrier materials to the seasonal climatic processes and their impacts on various engineering properties and produce high quality results based on the experimental findings. Close collaboration with the other project partners will be essential to assist in developing a methodology for designing and constructing the novel climate adaptation barrier systems.      
This post is a full time position (35 hours per week) and available immediately for a period of 30 months.
Salary: £32,548 – £38,833 per annum (Grade 6). It is not anticipated that an appointment will be made above £35,550 per annum.
For informal enquiries about the post please contact [email protected]
For further details about working at Cardiff School of Engineering please contact [email protected]

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Closing Date: Saturday, 25 August 2018