Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) PG Researcher (3 posts)
This position is temporary until 30th September 2020
Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC)
The BRIC project aims to create a new research Centre of Excellence based in the University’s planned development on the Springfield Campus in the centre of Wolverhampton. A team of researchers, academics and knowledge transfer specialists will establish the Centre, supplemented by additional university expertise as necessary. The Centre has received £3.2million of ERDF grant to fund the staffing and equipping of the Centre, with the remit to both build a brownfield knowledge hub for the region, and to directly support businesses in the Black Country.
The Research and Innovation Centre will be created to form the essential and much-needed core of Brownfield expertise in the Black Country sub-region. The centre will develop a knowledge bank on remediation best practice, and will share gathered intelligence and expertise with stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to identify, research and support regional demand for release of brownfield land for development. It will inform on how land and buildings can be restored, remediated and bought back into use, with a particular focus on bio-remediation and environmental sensitivities, and developing environmentally sound solutions for complex remediation issues.
Target beneficiaries include local enterprises, including the Black Country local authorities, large contractors and SME’s seeking improved links with the University on brownfield remediation and interested in engaging in research collaborations with the Centre. BRIC will be investing in scanning and testing facilities to support existing soils, materials and bioremediation expertise to bring together a team of sufficient size and with the necessary resources to tackle the Black Country’s complex brownfield challenges. Examples of companies targeted to work with the Centre include – those involved in demolition and site preparation, contractors, civil engineers, architects, surveyors and geospatial engineers, environmental consultancies, ecologists, and any other companies needing to access research in remediation of both land and buildings, to support innovation within their businesses. The ultimate beneficiary is the Black Country environment, benefiting from the Centre supporting the process of bringing de-contaminated land back into use for development, and therefore attracting investment into development in the region.
The new Centre will be based initially on Wolverhampton City Campus, with a planned move to the Springfield Campus once completed. Springfield itself is an ambitious project which aims to bring 12-acres of brownfield land, the site of the former Springfield Brewery, back into use, with strong links to the regeneration of Wolverhampton City Centre and the surrounding area.
We are seeking to recruit a team to add to the existing expertise within the Faculty who can drive forward the project and ensure delivery of the business and research outputs. All roles are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with funding secured to 30th September 2020.
Post Graduate Researchers
We are seeking to recruit 3 researchers to offer research support to the BRIC team.
Working as an individual researcher, though part of the wider BRIC, you will support the running of the Centre by developing relationships with local SME’s and other organisations that need access to information on the location and condition of brownfield development sites within the Black Country.
You could be leading on the physical evaluation of samples and scans as necessary, and accessing the skills of chemists and materials scientists to support SME’s when necessary. You could be building a knowledge bank around brownfield and remediation techniques, ground conditions, or use of technology in assessing condition, and gathering data for further research.
You’ll also report findings and recommendations in a clear and concise way through presentations and briefings, and will be part of the BRIC team that will host events and seminars around Brownfield expertise targeted at local business.
The research team will also develop a range of case studies to provide data that can be incorporated into the BRIC evaluation report and to be included in future EU funding applications.
The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.