Research Associate: Evaluating Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems Road Freight

Imperial College London - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Transport & Environment Laboratory
Centre for Transport Studies

Duration: Fixed term until 30th June 2019

Campus: South Kensington

Applications are invited for a full-time researcher based in the Transport & Environment Laboratory of the Centre for Transport Studies, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London. The successful applicant will conduct research as part of a collaborative project entitled ‘Kinetic Energy Recovery for Urban Logistics Applications (KERS-URBAN)’, which received funding from the Innovate UK and Office for Low Emissions Vehicles low emissions freight and logistics trial competition. The work will be conducted under the supervision of Dr Marc Stettler.

The overall aim of the project is to evaluate a new KERS technology for heavy goods vehicles operating in congested urban environments and quantify the benefits in terms of fuel consumption, pollutant emissions and noise. Our project partners include two vehicle operators (Howdens Joinery Ltd and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets) and the KERS technology providers (Alternatech Ltd and Adgero).

The main research objectives of the position are to gather details using vehicle telematics throughout the vehicle trial period; lead fuel consumption, emissions and noise testing of the KERS vehicles; develop quantitative fuel consumption and emissions models that can evaluate the KERS performance over a range of duty cycles; and to disseminate these research outputs to our industrial partners, to government and through academic publications.

Applicants should have completed a Bachelors degree and/or Masters degree in a relevant area of engineering or physical sciences (or equivalent), and have (or be close to completing) a PhD or equivalent in Civil, Mechanical, Mechatronics or Transport Engineering.

Candidates should have experience in data acquisition/analysis, vehicle energy/emissions modelling, experimental/field measurements and scientific programming (e.g. Python, Matlab). Experience in database management, project management and/or working in industrial-academic collaborations is beneficial. One of the key opportunities of this role is the potential to gain skills and experience in managing relationships with industrial partners and managing projects funded through Innovate UK. Applicants should be industrious, dedicated, highly-motivated, ambitious, confident and co-operative individuals. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are also essential.

Candidates who do not yet have a PhD (or equivalent) will be appointed at Research Assistant level until their PhD has been confirmed with a salary range of £32,380 – £34,040 per annum.

The start date for this research post is 1st February 2018 (with limited flexibility for moving it) and the salary will be based on the level of relevant experience of the successful candidate.

Interviews will take place in the week following the closing date of this advert.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Marc Stettler at

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to and search using reference number ENG00076.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

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

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