Postdoctoral Research Associate
Durham University Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.
We are a growing Department, ranked 5th in the Complete University Guide 2021. We are proud of our high-quality teaching and research and the people who make it all happen.
We are looking for an experienced EDI researcher with a background in STEM or the Foundation Industries and excellent data analytics and project management skills.
We are seeking to appoint a grade 7 PDRA with Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area (or nearing completion) or relevant industrial experience, expertise in diversity and inclusion, a background in STEM or the foundation industries and excellent data analytics skills.
The appointee will report to and support Professor Sue Black OBE with the management of the EDI workstream of the TransFIRe project which aims to identify major issues and improve uptake of EDI initiatives across the Foundation Industries creating sustainable positive change.
TransFIRe (Transforming Foundation Industries Research and Innovation hub) was developed in response to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund call to transform the Foundation Industries, namely: Chemicals, Cement, Ceramics, Glass, Metals and Paper. These industries produce 75% of all materials in the UK economy and are vital for the UK's manufacturing and construction industries. Together, the Foundation Industries are worth £52 Bn to the UK economy and produce 28 M tonnes of materials per year, accounting for about 10% of the UK total CO2 emissions. The UK government wants to make these industries more internationally competitive, to secure jobs in these industries and help them grow. UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) has allocated £4.7 M for three years to work with universities, research organisations and industry to assist with technology development and transfer, new business developments and new opportunities in materials and technologies to help to achieve the Net Zero 2050 target.
TransFIRe is a consortium of 20 academics from 12 universities, 49 companies and 14 non-governmental organisations related to the sectors, with expertise across the foundation industries as well as energy mapping, life cycle and sustainability, industrial symbiosis, computer science, AI and digital manufacturing, management and business, social sciences and technology transfer. TransFIRe is led by Professor Mark Jolly, Director of Manufacturing at Cranfield University.
This post is fixed term for one year.
All applicants are asked to submit:
- A CV and covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above; A 1 minute selfie video outlining why this job is right for you.