Research Assistant/Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Salary Range: 
Research Assistant: £31,740 – £33,370 per annum
Research Associate: £36,070 – £43,350 per annum

Fixed Term appointment for up to 2.5 years (30 months)

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering ( at Imperial College is one of the top EEE departments in the country (ranked 1st in the 2012 Sunday Times Good University Guide, and the 2014 REF evaluation), with expertise in a number of areas relevant to this post including machine learning, intelligent robotics, signal processing, human robot interaction, and cognitive systems. The Department’s Personal Robotics Laboratory (, led by Professor Yiannis Demiris, is a team of 20 postdoctoral, PhD and MSc researchers, with significant expertise in Human-Robot Interaction, humanoid robotics, machine learning, user modelling and computational models of brain processes.

This post is funded by EPSRC as part of a USA-UK MURI (Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, in collaboration with USC, UC Berkeley, CSHL, Harvard, and NYU in the USA and University of Essex and UCL in the UK) to investigate Closed-Loop Brain-Computer Interfaces for Enhancing Decision Accuracy. Successful candidates will be required to carry out a research programme in computational modelling of human attention processes using machine learning on human physiological and behavioural data. This research will be done in the context of high performance assisted driving using in-house driving simulators and virtual/augmented reality systems. In addition, the Research Associate will be expected to submit publications to prestigious refereed journals and conferences, and contribute to demonstrations of the research to interested funders and stakeholders. The Research Associate will also travel within the United Kingdom and abroad.

For appointment at Research Assistant level you must have a good undergraduate degree / MSc (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics (or related subjects with strong mathematical and computational core).

For appointment at Research Associate level you will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Mathematics (or equivalent).

You will have previous experience in one or more of signal processing, machine learning, control, brain-machine interfaces, optimisation, or mathematical modelling of neural processes with practical experience within a research environment and / or publications in relevant refereed journals and conferences. You will have strong software engineering skills, e.g. in C++/Python, with a demonstrable record of experience in implementing substantial algorithms, and a strong interest in designing, implementing and evaluating real brain-machine interfaces for assisting human drivers.

Candidates that have not started a PhD will be given an opportunity to register for one.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Yiannis Demiris at

Our preferred method of application is online. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20160364SA. Further information is also available on the job description.

Closing Date: 14 November 2016 (midnight GMT)

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