• IoT to Support Circular Economy Business Models in the Construction Sector

    Job Locations UK-Berkshire-Maidenhead
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(06/06/2018 15:11)
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  • About Costain and your project.

    Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey

    Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability: Project Brief

    Project Title: IoT to Support Circular Economy Business Models in the Construction Sector

    Sponsoring organisation: Costain Ltd

    Project Overview and Background

    Costain’s goal is to develop innovative- engineering based solutions across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.
    Circular economy has the potential to transform our industry through use of revolutionary material, business models and technologies. This project would contribute to Costain’s mission through the creation of opportunities to support circular economy business models delivered by Internet of Things.

    What will I be doing?

    The focus of this project will be to identify key areas for Costain’s industry to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy and to develop trials to put these theories into practice. The successful candidate will work with the various stakeholders in the business to assess the lifecycle needs, both in terms of the contract and assets, to research the use of IoT in the infrastructure sectors. This will include detailed analysis and recommendations on the economic value that can be derived from a circular model.

    About you

    • Passionate about innovation, sustainability and the environment
    • Previous experience (work or education) within the circular economy
    • English proficiency
    • Expertise in computer science and/or engineering
    • Inquisitive nature
    • Ability to work independently
    • Available to travel
    • Technical skills needed – such as computer programming skills in Office
    • Strong communication skills are necessary and evidence of stakeholder engagement at all levels is required.
    • The candidate must be able to display a capacity for independent thought, as well as a pragmatic attitude to working within industry

    How to Apply

    All applications must be made through the online application form and include ALL of the following documentation to be considered:

    • Up to date cv
    • Cover letter including why this project is of interest and how your experience and interests make you a suitable candidate.
    • Degree certificates and transcripts
    • Contact details for 2 referees – 2x academic references or 1x academic reference and 1x other reference


    Please ensure you state specifically under ‘Research Area’ that you are applying for the Costain studentship.


    Apply today via: https://bit.ly/2sCaIBO


    Key Dates and Information

    This project is due to begin in July with the successful candidate starting at Costain immediately and then spending 12 weeks in Guildford, undertaking intensive sustainability and personal development training from October to January. After the training the candidate will be predominately based at Costain in Maidenhead.
    The programme will run for three to four years.

    Stipend: The successful candidate will receive a generous stipend of £18,000 per annum throughout this time (with potential to increase to c. £20,000 per annum after two years). Stipends are usually tax-free and DPs will also benefit from an additional £500 p.a. allowance for attendance at conferences etc. 
    In addition to this,


    Fees: Full-time tuition fees (£4,195) will be covered by the PDS programme at the current Home/EU rate for the duration of the programme. International students will need to provide the difference between UK/EU and overseas fees. Please refer to our programme page for further details – https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/practitioner-doctorate-sustainability-phdengd .

    Please ensure you address this in your cover letter. We unfortunately have no other financial support available.

    The deadline for applications is Tuesday 26th June and Interviews for this post will take place in London week of 9th July.


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