Senior Research Associate - Airport Specialist

Imperial College London - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC)

(Equivalent to Associate level/Transport Planner level)

Salary in the range:  £44,510 – £53,800 per annum plus a £5,000 per annum market supplement paid monthly with salary and reviewed annually

The Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC) at Imperial College London is a globally recognised applied research and consultancy group. We are a growing, multidisciplinary team combining people from industry, consultancy and academic backgrounds. The RTSC's primary activities are research and consultancy for international groups of transport operators – primarily metro, rail, light rail and bus operators, with new opportunities opening up in the field of aviation focused on airports.

We undertake detailed studies on topics of interest and annual performance data benchmarking. Recent research topics include fares and funding policy, driverless metros, whole life cost, and service planning. Our partners include approximately 100 transport operators worldwide, including Transport for London and Heathrow Airport; we also work for governments and international institutions including the UK Department for Transport and the World Bank.

You will be part of a friendly and supportive team, made up of around 20 colleagues, who are committed to working together to conduct high quality research that makes a real difference to clients and to stakeholders. 

The post involves carrying out research and consultancy projects for transport operators, often using comparative analysis to generate advice and recommendations for senior management. You will gain exposure to the many facets of transport management at both the technical and strategic levels, dealing with senior figures in the industry, across the railway, metro, light rail, bus, and/or aviation sectors.  

Due to the applied nature of the work and its industry focus, applications are strongly encouraged from practitioners and consultants in the transport industry across the relevant sectors; prior work in academia is not a prerequisite. You should be educated in a discipline with significant transport content such as urban planning, preferably to Masters’ degree level or equivalent demonstrable experience. Fluency in written and spoken English is required and an ability to speak foreign languages would be an advantage. Each role typically involves international travel several times per year.

Should you have any queries please contact Alexandra Williams at    

Our preferred method of application is online via the Imperial College website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number EN20160334FH into ‘Keywords’Please complete and upload an application form as directed. In addition to the application form, applicants must attach your CV and a covering letter explaining your relevant background and why you are suitable for the role.

Interviews are provisionally planned for 2 weeks after the closing date

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