Researcher - Circularity

KieranTimberlake KieranTimberlake Employer:
Philadelphia, PA, USLocation:
Wed, Jun 23 '21Posted on:

KieranTimberlake is currently seeking a Researcher - Circularity to join our team. Our design practice includes over 85 professionals with diverse backgrounds and is recognized worldwide as a sustainable design leader. We are a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment and US Architects Declare. 


The Researcher - Circularity will be a member of KieranTimberlake’s Research Group and will work alongside peer-mentor researchers to advance the firm’s pursuit of an environmentally just and healthy built environment. They will be responsible for applying their understanding of material flows, circularity, and materials toxicity to support architectural, planning and research project teams, and their regular activities will encompass the following:

  • Applying principles of green design to the creation of building materials and their lifecycle
  • Preparing pathways to healthy materials palettes for architectural projects
  • Collecting, organizing and synthesizing information on material flows, regional environmental concerns, pollution sources, supply chain equity, and community impacts
  • Conducting lifecycle assessments or other forms of environmental and social impact analysis for building materials and their assemblies
  • Generating data-driven graphical and statistical analyses associated with impact analysis and assessments
  • Participating in technical-review sessions with peer-mentors in environmental research
  • Collaborating in design sessions with architectural project teams
  • Preparing research proposals for applied and empirical experiments
  • Planning and conducting field work and data collection
  • Reviewing technical literature in environmental justice, material flows, circular economy, and material health
  • Learning new tools, methods, and techniques in environmental analysis
  • Collaborating on development of novel tools and workflows
  • Supporting KieranTimberlake’s Sustainability Action Plan
  • Engaging in interdisciplinary brainstorming sessions and discussions with peer Research Group members across a wide range of topics, including building performance, environmental justice, human health, post-occupancy evaluation, and many others


The ideal candidate is a thoughtful, curious individual who wants to be part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team and can demonstrate:

  • Strong written, verbal, and graphic communication skills
  • Strong quantitative reasoning ability
  • Eagerness to learn new methods and skills
  • Certification from or desire to receive certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), International Living Future Institute (ILFI),or similar
  • Proficiency with environmental software such as: SimaPro (or other LCA Software); STATA, R, or logistics modeling software; GIS or spatial modeling software
  • Basic understanding of computation and programming principles, including basic knowledge of at least one of the following languages: C++, C#, Javascript, Python, R, or a visual scripting program

Candidates should also list professional experience or relevant coursework in any of the following areas:

  • Resilient design principles
  • Energy and environment
  • Principles of environmental planning and management
  • Environmental and health equity
  • Environmental policy
  • Field- or lab-based experimental design
  • Ecosystem services modeling
  • Dynamic systems modeling
  • Life cycle analysis/assessment
  • Statistics and data analysis
  • Geospatial modeling (GIS)
  • Green Chemistry or Toxicology

About KieranTimberlake

KieranTimberlake transforms the built environment through artistry, integrity, innovation, and performance. The firm’s culture of inquiry allows it to deliver exceptional social, ethical, and environmental outcomes to its clients.
Founded in 1984, KieranTimberlake brings together the experience and talents of diverse professionals  in a practice that is recognized worldwide. With equal emphasis on research, ecology, history, and aesthetics, its interdisciplinary process inspires creativity and encourages sharing ideas, knowledge, and technique. The firm’s work includes programming, planning, and design of new buildings, adaptive reuse, and urban and campus planning, as well as developing performance analysis and prediction tools; building and environmental monitoring; and novel building technologies.
KieranTimberlake is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


Submission Requirements   

Interested applicants with degrees in environmental management or related fields should submit the following by clicking here:

  • Cover letter indicating your interest in the position
  • Current resume including three references
  • Research/project portfolio or design sheets
  • Writing sample

The position reports to the Research Director and Partners of the firm. Salary is commensurate with professional experience, education level, and demonstrated knowledge.

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