ASBP seek Technical/Research Associate

Help lead the application of resource efficiency in UK construction

Role title: Technical/Research Associate.

Reports to: ASBP Director.

Based at: ASBP offices at The Foundry, 5 Baldwin Terrace, London N1 7RU. Flexible working hours.

About us:

The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) is a cross-sector, mission-driven, non-profit organisations comprising: building product manufacturers and distributors, specifiers, architects, contractors, public interest and sustainability organisations, academics and other building practitioners.

The ASBP is committed to accelerating the transition to a high performance, healthy and low carbon built environment by championing the increased understanding and use of building products that meet demonstrably high standards of sustainability.

ASBP is a growing organisation that undertakes research, organises training and runs a series of events and campaigns throughout the year. We have three main themes: resource efficiency, health & wellbeing and product sustainability.

We have 2 funded research projects underway:

  • Sustainable Bio & Waste Resources for Construction (SB&WRC), funded by Interreg. Project partners include Veolia, University of Bath and Brighton University. This project is ongoing and completes mid-2019.
  • Re-usable Buildings Network (RUBN) funded by Climate KIC, led by LWARB with Forum for the Future. This commences 1 May and completes end 2018. It is seen as scoping study to a second, much larger, client-led application.

We now need some additional technical support to help us deliver these projects.

The role includes:

  • Technical input to the two projects, especially:
    – SB&WRC: General project management and developing the business case for bio-based and waste based insulation products
    – RUBN: Unlocking client demand to procure reusable, flexible life buildings
  • Collaboration with universities and practitioners on the research projects
  • Making technical presentations and writing articles/news items on these topics
  • Liaison with ASBP members and other technical contacts on resource efficiency
  • Assisting with events, seminars, conferences and campaigns if needed
  • Preparation of ideas/proposals for future development of these and related projects

About you:

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player/leader with initiative, with an interest in and understanding of resource efficiency for the built environment. You will have:

  • A relevant degree
  • Good technical knowledge and excellent writing skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Experience of research project management and development
  • Knowledge of resource efficiency for the built environment
  • Knowledge/experience of the business case/economic aspects of products and resource efficiency
  • At least 5 years’ relevant experience
  • It would be great if you have experience of writing/developing funding project applications


This role is on a free-lance, part-time, flexible basis, initially for a 7-month period beginning in May/June 2018. Ideally, we would like to grow and extend the role in 2019. You may work from home or in our office in Islington as suits. There is a team meeting for the SB&WRC project in Brighton on 26th June and a conference planned in Bristol for 1st November.

The contract will be in the range of £10-£15k (+VAT if appropriate) and we think it will require approximately 25 – 35 days of time input until the end December 2018.

How to apply:

To apply, please email your availability over the period, with a day rate, alongside a CV and a brief covering note or email stating why you would be suited to the role to by 27th April 2018. If interviews are required, they will ideally be held in the week commencing 30th April, so please indicate in your application your availability and your preferred time/date.

If you have any questions about the role that you would like to discuss, please contact the ASBP’s Director, Simon Corbey on 078837 568 011.