Research Associate in Autonomous Process Measurement Sensor Systems Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering United Kingdom

Research Associate in Autonomous Process Measurement Sensor Systems

Job summary

This new post is part of a major new collaboration between the Chemical and Electrical & Electronic Engineering Departments of Imperial College with ABB, one of the world’s leading providers of automation and control solutions.


Job listing information

Reference ENG00230

Date posted 23 February 2018

Closing date 25 March 2018

Key information about the role


South Kensington Campus

Position type

Full time, fixed term


£32,380 – £44,220 plus benefits Department Department of Chemical Engineering Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher


Job description

Job summary

This new post is part of a major new collaboration between the Chemical and Electrical & Electronic Engineering Departments of Imperial College with ABB, one of the world’s leading providers of automation and control solutions.


Duties and responsibilities

The post holder will establish the measurement scope offered by miniaturised multi-functional sensors systems for deployment in chemical process environments. They will develop and deploy micro-sensors to measure throughout all of the process environment using industrially relevant physical, chemical and electrical properties/information. Commercial and semi-commercial micro-sensors will be used to achieve this outcome. Their usage for measuring key process variables such as temperature, pressure, pH will be demonstrated at the bench scale and pilot scale.


Essential requirements

Candidates should hold a first degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences and hold or be near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.


Experience in experimental measurement and/or sensors science relevant to process property measurements, especially in liquid phase environments, including data interpretation and analysis is essential. Proven ability to fault find and problem solve with electrical /instrumentation/sensor systems and the ability to use software such as Labview, Python, C# .NET is highly desirable.


*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.


Further information

The post is available immediately. The appointment is until 30/09/2020 in the first instance, with the possibility of extension. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).


Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Daryl Williams (


To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG00230. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.


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


Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Mrs Sneha Saunders (


Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 25th March 2018


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About Imperial College London


Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.


You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.


We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.


It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.


Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 


In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.


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.

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