Research Assistant in Coal Mine Rockburst and Gas Outburst Control

Imperial College London - Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Location: South Kensington, London

Salary: £32,380 to £34,040 per annum

Contract Type: Fixed Term for 20 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 at Imperial College is carrying out research into innovative field monitoring, control and risk assessment techniques to mitigate against coal mine rockburst and gas outburst hazards in a number of international projects. In collaboration with industrial and research partners in seven different European countries, the group has access to high quality field data, complemented with laboratory experimental and numerical research carried out at the College.

A Research Assistant position within MERG is available as part of a wider research programme on coal mine rockburst and gas outburst risk assessment and control. The successful candidate will join a large research group of post-doctoral and graduate researchers based at Imperial College and work closely with research institutions and industry in France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the Netherlands. In particular, the post holder will carry out experimental and theoretical research on stress dynamics and gas flow in and around production faces in coal seams underground.

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

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will set up and conduct laboratory experiments on coal mechanical and gas flow properties characterisation;
  • You will carry out coal mine stress and gas flow analysis research utilising field monitored data
  • You will conduct numerical modelling research on coal mine stress dynamics and gas flow, develop and implement risk assessment techniques for rockbursts and gas outbursts;
  • You will prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals and presentations;
  • You will present reports on research undertaken at progress meetings with research partners and at conferences;

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 experience in laboratory characterisation of rock mechanical and flow properties of coal and coal measures rocks.
  • You will have a good understanding of subsurface rock 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 Sevket Durucan (, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7594 7354.

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

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