SEAHA will support your career along three typical paths. We are currently recruiting for studentships to start in January 2018, and will be recruiting for September 2018 in the new year. Information on how to apply can be found in the project adverts below. You may also wish to consider registering your interest by sending an email to the SEAHA Centre Manager.
We currently have the following opportunities:
Retrofitting space heating systems for historic churches: meeting the needs of conservation, community and environmental sustainability
Historic churches are facing significant challenges in recent years in meeting increasingly demanding “quality of life” standards whilst they are used in broadening and hosting social engagements within the community. To put this in context, the Church of England owns over 15,000 churches. Of these, 78% are listed (45% of the Grade I listed buildings in England), of which over half actively host some form of community activity. The environmental thermal requirements of modern activities in historic churches are often in conflict with the original nature of these buildings, their historic connotation, the building materials, and in meeting user comfort while at the same time presenting and aligning to the concepts of a sustainable society. The demand for solutions becomes even more critical when such buildings are faced with renovating their building services, usually due to a need to either preserve the building or achieve required comfort conditions to continue to sustain its occupation. This research aims to address this challenge by generating new knowledge to enable the evaluation and implementation of space heating technologies in historic churches, thereby increasing the environmental and social sustainability of the building while taking into consideration relevant constraints such as the preservation of the structure and artefacts as well the anticipated community activities.
Academic supervisors – Dr Kenneth Ip, Dr Marco Picco, Dr Arman Hashem (University of Brighton)
Heritage supervisor – Fr. Lawrence MacLean (Diocese of Chichester)
Industrial supervisor – Dr David Greenfield (SOcial, ENvironmental & EConomic Solutions Ltd.
Application deadline: 09:00 Monday 20th November 2017
Starting Date: January 2018
The following opportunities have now closed:
‘Integrating Spectral and 3D imaging for monitoring cultural heritage objects’
‘Lighting policies for collections using microfadeometry’
‘Online Collections Modelling Tool’
‘Painting mortars for controlling driving-rain ingress in damp towers’
‘Photo-degradation of polymer-based rapid-prototype materials and their conservation through naontechnology-based treatments’
‘Quantitative chemical Hyperspectral NIR imaging of historical cellulosic materials’
‘Smells of Heritage’
‘Wet Walls: Developing 4D moisture survey techniques for stone masonry’