Free open Job in Wales Head of Research at Swansea University

Full time: 35 hours per week

Fixed term: Until 28/02/22

Location: Swansea University Bay Campus

About the Project

The Active Building Centre (ABC) is a national initiative looking to shake up the energy and construction industry through new solar-powered building design.

Our plan to deliver a pipeline of these innovative Active Buildings, which are more affordable, efficient, safer and healthier, will significantly contribute to decarbonisation.

As an ambitious new project, we are interested in hearing from informed individuals who are ready to challenge the status quo as we aim to remove barriers and accelerate market adoption of Active Buildings.

As part of a highly skilled team looking to transform the energy and construction industry and drive policy change, you will be open to new ideas, bring fresh thinking, and be ready to play your part in delivering a pipeline to prove the commercial case for Active Buildings.

Role Summary

The Active Building Centre is a newly created UK national centre of excellence, hosted by Swansea University and funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Transforming Construction Challenge. It will be an arms-length centre located in the new Active Office at the Bay campus. As a National Centre of Excellence working collaboratively with nine other Universities and a range of industrial partners – it will be a convening point for government, industry and academia to help transform the energy and construction sectors through the adoption of Active Buildings.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the team at the Active Buildings Centre as we progress toward our ambitious target of delivering over 300 active buildings across the UK.

As Head of Research you will work alongside the Head of Research and Innovation and Principal Investigator to provide academic and commercial guidance to the research consortium so that impact from research is realised. Working alongside the Research Programme Manager you will ensure the academic community and University consortium is managed on a day-to-day basis.

Your role will require you to be familiar with architectural engineering design, construction technology, construction processes, building physics, occupancy evaluation, digital design and BIM whilst also possessing significant experience/knowledge relating to energy systems and renewable energy.

Your communication and collaboration skills will enable you to manage a UK leading partnership of 10 University partners. Your portfolio management skills will ensure you are able to drive delivery and efficiency within the consortium.

Person Specification

PhD in energy, engineering or building related disciplines.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr. Ahsan Khan on

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation.


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