Research Assistant in Energy and Environmental Engineering

Imperial College London - Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Location: South Kensington Campus

Contract Type: Fixed Term for 30 months

The Minerals, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group (MERG) at Imperial College is internationally recognised as a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence in applied engineering research attracting funding from UK Research Councils, the European Commission, world leading oil and gas operators and minerals producers, as well as the UK Government and The Crown Estate.

The Group leads Imperial College’s flagship OGCI ( project aiming to identify hotspots within the natural gas value chain where focused intervention could bring the greatest benefits in CH4 and CO2 emissions reduction. MERG researchers are analysing in detail multiple engineering designs from OGCI member companies to estimate greenhouse gas and other emissions using the Group’s well established in-house life cycle inventory model of the fossil fuel value chain (ICLCA). The ICLCA model estimates are matched with the companies’ own operating and emissions monitoring data, and their reporting to local and international regulators, to develop a credible independent view of the main sources of emissions. Additional input from the OGCI member companies helps the team to analyse the cost implications of GHG reduction intervention. By bringing these two elements together, this research is identifying and prioritising interventions with the biggest impact at the lowest cost across the value chain – creating a clear course of action that the oil and gas industry can adopt.

A Research Assistant position is available as part of this research. The successful candidate will join a large research group of post-doctoral and graduate researchers at Imperial College and work closely with OGCI member companies.

The successful applicant will be required to register for a PhD degree at Imperial College.

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will develop life cycle analysis and cost modelling modules to complement the existing ICLCA modules;
  • You will investigate the life cycle environmental and cost performance of detailed oil and gas industry engineering designs at unit process level and across the value chain;
  • You will develop optimisation modules to reflect opportunities of GHG mitigation interventions that maximise environmental benefit at marginal cost;
  • You will prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals and presentations;

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • You should have a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering or physical-sciences.
  • You will have a good understanding of oil and gas engineering fundamentals.
  • You will have experience working in a research environment and good practice in research.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Professor Anna Korre (, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7594 7372.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Katie Rycraft at

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