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This Research Assistant position will contribute to the Edinburgh Home Demonstrator project Phase II within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at the University of Edinburgh, which is funded by the Scottish Government and in collaboration with colleagues at the Built Environment Smarter Transformation (BE-ST).

The role

We are looking for a Research Assistant who can support the principal investigator in conducting on-site building envelope evaluations (U-value, airtightness, thermography and climatic data analysis) required for the Granton D1 pilot study as part of the Edinburgh Home Demonstrator project Phase II. The work will require deploying and downloading data from sensors and data loggers, as well as performing specific spot tests and evaluations during the visits. The data obtained will then be analysed and compared with as-designed building calculations performed by project architects and energy assessors. Reporting the outcomes and results in a detailed report will be performed after the evaluations and data analysis with the possibility to disseminate further the outcomes in a conference/ journal paper.

This role is UE06 and is available on a fixed-term basis for up to 10 months.

Your skills and attributes for success

  • Building site awareness with a focus on new buildings
  • Understanding and knowledge of Scottish/ UK building standards
  • Proficient in Data analysis
  • Good written and spoken English language
  • Construction and design understanding

Please apply including a cover letter and CV.


  • A competitive salary
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work.
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our staff benefits page (opens in a new tab) and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Prior to any employment commencing with the University you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages (opens new browser tab)

On this occasion the University will not consider applicants requiring sponsorship for this role. International workers will therefore only be able to take up this role if they can demonstrate an alternative right to work in the UK.