RESEARCH SCIENTIST ENGINEER 3
University of Washington Seattle, WA Full-time Engineering
Posted on April 30, 2020
|Department:||COLLEGE OF BUILT ENVIRONMENTS|
|Job Location:||Other Location|
|Closing Info:||Open Until Filled|
|Salary:||Salary is commensurate with education and experience.|
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The College of Built Environments has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist Engineer 3. The college is seeking an experienced and collaborative Research Leader to help execute the mission of the Carbon Leadership Forum - to eliminate embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure by inspiring innovation and spurring change through collective action.
Recognizing that buildings account for nearly half of global CO2 emissions, the Carbon Leadership Forum at the University of Washington is dedicated to accelerating the transformation of the building sector to radically reduce the embodied carbon in building materials and construction through collective action.
The Carbon Leadership Forum propels knowledge through its embodied carbon research and resources, collaborates through its robust network of architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, building owners, policymakers and associations, and spurs action by supporting and empowering its members to advance new ideas and approaches through impactful initiatives.
The Research Leader is responsible for successful execution of the Carbon Leadership Forum’s projects, including the execution of research, development of educational resources, and incubation of industry led initiatives in order to maintain and expand the Carbon Leadership Forum’s reputation as a center of technical excellence and industry engaged research.
Requiring expertise in building sector embodied carbon assessments and life cycle assessment (LCA), the Research Leader is responsible for development, testing and facilitation of adoption and application of emerging methods, data and tools, expand embodied carbon and LCA capacity within the building sector and collaborating with industry to establish standards, policy and practices that improve the methods for embodied carbon reporting, evaluation and reduction.
The position requires the ability to work independently and without direction on assigned tasks and projects to define and implement the broad programmatic goals of the Carbon Leadership Forum. Building sector integration of LCA and embodied carbon reductions are emerging disciplines and thus this position requires the ability to: plan and conduct work requiring independent judgement, implement new tools and methods, evaluate, select and substantially adapt/modify emerging LCA techniques and procedures, and devise new approaches to problems encountered. Projects are complex and include diverse scopes and teams. Requires sufficient professional experience to assure competence as a fully functional researcher/professional. This position is contingent on project funding availability.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct research and development to support open access embodied carbon and LCA data and increase technical capacity within the building sector. This includes:
Present and publicize LCA methodologies to stakeholders and interested groups
Advocate within the building sector (including green building programs, standards development bodies, government policy makers) for improved, rigorous data standards for embodied carbon reporting. This includes:
Conduct research related to the use of Life Cycle Assessment in the building industry. Develop industry buy-in on emerging methods and tools being incubated by the Carbon Leadership Forum.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Manage UW staff consultants and/or volunteers supporting the execution of CLF projects
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies, engineering, architecture, or related field.
Experience: Minimum 3 years experience required:
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
DESIRED– Education, work experience:
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