Research Associate – Imperial College London

Job description

Job summary

This project will use real-time field measurements from a working university computer laboratory alongside theory and numerical simulations to develop a state-of-the-art modelling and design tool, [D*]stratify, which will predict and control thermally stratified environments. You will measure, analyse, model, and control the temperature in the computing laboratory using a network of sensors and controllers linked to a building management system. The modelling will involve carefully accounting for available energy in the context of buoyancy-driven mixing and stratified turbulence. The project is a unique opportunity to combine fundamental understanding of turbulent mixing and flow energetics with recent advances in sensor technology and automated systems for solving and optimising partial differential equations. You will work in the Fluid Mechanics Section of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering alongside researchers undertaking complementary experimental and numerical work on areas including urban fluid mechanics, wave mechanics, fluid-structure interaction and ocean mixing.  

Duties and responsibilities

You will work with College controls engineers, ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) engineers and an external partner to design and install sensors to monitor the environment of an operational computer laboratory. Theoretical analysis and modelling will be undertaken in collaboration with a second Research Assistant/Associate, who will focus on the computational aspects of the work. Your work will be disseminated at international conferences, incorporated in open-source software, and published in prestigious journals in fluid mechanics and building physics. You will also contribute to the supervision of UG, MSc and PhD research students in the group and to the development of future research and industry funding proposals.

Essential requirements

  • PhD (or equivalent) in engineering, physics or applied mathematics.
  • Experience taking measurements from laboratory experiments or field work.
  • Understanding of buoyancy-driven flows and/or building physics/ventilation.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.

Further information

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Dr John Craske. In addition to submitting the online application, please send us a CV and examples of your work that are relevant to the application.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Briony Webb at

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.


About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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