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Research Assistant in Applied Physics and Mechanics

Imperial College London - High Energy Physics Group, Department of Physics

South Kensington Campus with some international travel

Fixed Term: 6.5 months

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the High Energy Physics group to work on Technology Transfer and Impact aspects, including the development of an innovative traffic-control technology “Traffipod”. The position is available for 6.5 months, available to start as soon as possible.

You will play an influential and leading role in design, development and implementation of electronic and sensor systems for the Traffipod, working in London, Ukraine and the MENA region.  We will deploy several sensors, and they will be measuring a wide range of environmental parameters. You will also take a lead in the deployment of analysis from the sensors, with a view to optimising the Traffipod performance, in terms of its deployability and effectiveness under real traffic conditions.

You will help produce independent and original research within the High Energy Physics Group, submit publications to refereed journals and help with the administration of the Research Group. You will also fully engage in the research activities of the Group by working together with postgraduate students, other research associates and academics.

You will be required to regularly spend time in Ukraine and MENA, and other UK and foreign travel is also likely.

You will have an MSc (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering in which structural engineering plays a major part.

In addition, you must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • Experience of analogue electronics instrumentation design
  • Experience of designing, operating and maintaining sensor systems across a wide range of applications
  • Experience of using C++, Matlab, Mathematica and other analytical and statistical computing tools
  • Experience of designing, building and deploying vehicular systems
  • Experience in fluid dynamics
  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian
  • Proven ability to work in, and cultural sensitivity for, Ukraine, the Middle East and North Africa

Applications can be made online via our website. Please go to  and search for NAT00362.

The Imperial College High Energy Physics Group has a strong ongoing experimental programme encompassing the CMS and LHCb experiments at the LHC, the T2K, Super-Kamiokande and future Hyper-Kamiokande experiments in Japan, the search for sterile neutrinos with SoLid in Belgium, the MICE experiment in the UK, the search for dark matter with the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment in the US, the search for charged lepton flavour violation with COMET in Japan, and SHiP and SuperNEMO activities. There are also significant accelerator, phenomenology and Grid computing programmes.

More information about the Department of Physics and the High Energy Physics Group can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

Should you have any specific queries regarding the post please contact Dr John Hassard, Reader in Physics, email:

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Paula Brown, Section Administrator, email:

If you experience any technical issues when applying online please email

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. 

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Location: London
Salary: £33,380 to £35,061 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th January 2019
Closes: 13th February 2019
Job Ref: NAT00362
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