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

Details:

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 info@asbp.org.uk 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.

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