Research Assistant/Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Civil and Environmental 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 36 months

Applications are invited for a 3 year full-time researcher based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. This post represents a great opportunity for someone of outstanding calibre and promise. The successful applicant will join the Geotechnics research group as a member of research staff and will conduct research on an EPSRC funded project entitled “ Particle-scale investigation of seepage induced geotechnical instability(EP/P010393/1)”. The work will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Catherine O’Sullivan.

Applicants should have completed an undergraduate degree in civil engineering (or a related relevant discipline) and should have excelled during the completion of this degree. Holding a Masters degree in a related field such as Soil Mechanics or Geotechnical Engineering is desirable, together with a relevant PhD. Applicants should be industrious, dedicated, highly-motivated, ambitious, confident and co-operative individuals. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are also essential as is a strong ability in engineering mathematics and mechanics.

Candidates who do not have a PhD (or equivalent) will be appointed at Research Assistant level.

The primary focus of the proposed research is to use coupled discrete element method (DEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to improve understanding of seepage induced internal instability.  The particular mechanism of interest sometimes referred to as suffusion.  The researcher will be involved in code development, setting up and running discrete element method simulations and interpreting the results.  Experience with DEM is important and experienced with coupled DEM/CFD modelling is preferential.  Applicants with experience using the LAMMPS, LIGGGHTS or OpenFOAM open-source codes are particularly encouraged to apply.

The start date for this research post is 1 April  2017 (with limited flexibility for moving it) and the salary will be based on the level of relevant experience of the successful candidate. All enquiries about the scope of the project should be directed to Dr Catherine O’Sullivan ( in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. 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 EN20160401FH. Further information is also available on the job description.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Lucy Chivers (

Closing Date: 14 December 2016 (midnight GMT)

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