Research Associate in Safe Arctic Shipping

University College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering

UCL Mechanical Engineering is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on a European Commission Horizon 2020 project (SEDNA). The project focus is to develop an innovative and integrated risk-based approach to safe Arctic shipping. This post provides an excellent opportunity to work within a team of engineers and scientists and collaborate with our industrial partners around Europe.  The post holder’s tasks will include to: conduct horizon scanning to identify future scenarios and trends for shipping in the Arctic; establish safe Arctic shipping intelligence and develop state of the art ship performance models for integration into an Arctic voyage optimisation system. The position will be based mainly in the UCL Bloomsbury campus, it is available immediately and funded for 2.5 years in the first instance. The position may offer opportunities to engage in teaching activities and also to engage with and mentor PhD students. 

The successful candidate must have a PhD in maritime engineering or a related field, or be close to completing one, and be able to demonstrate an expert knowledge of engineering. The candidate will possess excellent analytical and communication skills, as well as a commitment to producing high quality original research.  Candidates that do not possess, or are still in the process of obtaining, a PhD are encouraged to apply for the post at Research Assistant level. Please be advised that this post would be paid a Grade 6B.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL has an outstanding international reputation in research on energy and the environment, marine engineering and naval architecture and engineering for medical applications, with strong research collaborations with industry and universities in the UK, North America, Asia and the Far East and has excellent research and teaching facilities.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.  If you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Professor Giles Thomas at email address:

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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