Research Associate - Public Transport

Job summary

The Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC) at Imperial College London is a globally recognised applied research and consultancy group, focused on public transport and aviation. We are a growing, multidisciplinary team combining people from industry, consultancy and academic backgrounds. The RTSC's primary activities are research and consultancy for international consortia of metro, rail, light rail, bus and airport providers. We help...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00169
  • Date posted 11 January 2018
  • Closing date 12 February 2018

Job description

Job summary

The Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC) at Imperial College London is a globally recognised applied research and consultancy group, focused on public transport and aviation. We are a growing, multidisciplinary team combining people from industry, consultancy and academic backgrounds. The RTSC's primary activities are research and consultancy for international consortia of metro, rail, light rail, bus and airport providers.

We help many of the leaders of the world’s transport providers to improve their performance, based on the identification of global best practices and using annual performance benchmarking. The activities are far reaching; recent studies have included fares and funding policies, driverless metros, whole life costs, and service planning. Our partners include over 100 public transport providers worldwide including Transport for London and the Hong Kong MTRC. We also work for international institutions including the World Bank.

To support sustained growth, we are seeking to appoint a Research Associate – Public Transport (equivalent to Senior to Principal Transport Consultant/ Planner). You will be part of a friendly and supportive team, made up of approximately 25 professionals, who are committed to working together to conduct high quality work that makes a real difference to clients and to our stakeholders.

Duties and responsibilities

This post involves carrying out projects for public transport providers, often using international comparative analysis, to generate advice and recommendations for their senior management. You will gain exposure to the many facets of railway, metro (subway) bus and/or light rail management at both a technical and strategic level, dealing directly with senior figures in the public transport industry.

Essential requirements

This post also includes a £3,000 per annum market supplement on top of the salary, which is £35,850 - £44,220. 

Due to the applied nature of the work and its industry focus, applications are strongly encouraged from practitioners and consultants in the transport sector; prior work in academia is not a prerequisite.

Applicants are expected to have a good undergraduate degree (or equivalent) or MSc (or equivalent)in a discipline with a significant numerate content such as Transport, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Geography, Economics, Mathematics or a related field. Fluency in written and spoken English is required and an ability to speak foreign languages would be an advantage. The role typically involves international travel several times per year.

Further information

Applications must include:

  • A college application form
  • A CV plus cover letter

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Richard Anderson at richard.anderson@imperial.ac.uk. 

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

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Alexandra Williams at alexandra.williams@imperial.ac.uk.

Interviews are provisionally planned for late February/early March 2018.

This post was originally advertised under job reference EN20170215FH.

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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.