Research Studentship Improving sustainability in construction: resource efficiency of building services

Closing Date for Applications:  Monday 21 October 2013

This is a 4 year fully funded research studentship based within AECOM’s offices in London’s West End or St Albans, with expense-paid travel to the University of Reading.

We are setting out to develop the next generation of Thought Leaders within the highly topical area of sustainability in construction. In delivering world class sustainable buildings across the globe, AECOM recognises that building services have a highly significant impact on the environment, not only in terms of the energy used in operation, but increasingly in terms of resource depletion. The outcome will be a new approach to building services design that offers clients better advice on reducing environmental impact through improving resource efficiency, as well as reducing the lifecycle cost of buildings.   

The main research objectives of this project are to identify the key environmental impacts of building services across a wide range of mechanical and electrical services installations for modern, non-domestic buildings; develop models to assess the impacts of different servicing options; and assess the life cycle impacts of different types of plant and equipment.

We are seeking an ambitious, enthusiastic individual who is self-motivated and will work well within a small team and is capable of engaging effectively with wider colleagues, business partners and clients. You should either have a background in building (M&E) services or Life Cycle Assessment methods. Experience in both areas would be a particular advantage. You should also be numerate and be familiar with quantitative methods and techniques. To qualify academically, candidates must possess a good relevant first degree, such as chemistry, engineering or maths (2:1 or higher) or MSc in a related area. 

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4 Year Package

  • Stipend of £20,000 p.a (typically tax-free)
  • All tuition fees are included
  • Expenses package included
  • EngD awarded by the University of Reading

Eligibility Please note there are eligibility requirements, for more details refer to the EPSRC web site

Applications Applications should be made online through our website at: the apply button below. 

You also need to submit a full CV and Personal Statement to

Vacancy Reference No: P39-2013

Interviews will be held in late October/early November for a proposed start to be agreed.

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