Research Associate

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to work on experimental geotechnical laboratory and field studies carried out in conjunction with the ALPACA Joint Industry Project. The latter is a major research project that is being advanced in association with University of Oxford, funded by EPSRC and Industry. Professor R J Jardine is the Principal Investigator, with Dr Stavroula Kontoe as Co-Investigator. The project is directed towards...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00523
  • Date posted 20 September 2018
  • Closing date 28 October 2018

Job description

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to work on experimental geotechnical laboratory and field studies carried out in conjunction with the ALPACA Joint Industry Project. The latter is a major research project that is being advanced in association with University of Oxford, funded by EPSRC and Industry. Professor R J Jardine is the Principal Investigator, with Dr Stavroula Kontoe as Co-Investigator. The project is directed towards the cost-effective design of foundations for offshore wind-turbines, especially those for chalk dominated sites. This is a fixed term appointment that will commence from December 2018 or later and extend up to end of February 2020.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be expected to undertake a broad range of experimental work effectively, while making both original and independent contributions to the research, as well as to demonstrate persistence in overcoming any potential problems. The scope of work will include undertaking experiments with advanced stress-path triaxial, hollow cylinder, resonant column and ring shear equipment in the laboratory, testing high quality samples of intact chalk. You may also be required to assist with trial pit sampling operations and will support static and cyclic pile testing campaigns, working under potentially difficult site conditions. You will also carry out intensive analysis of the data obtained from the laboratory experiments, as well as fibre-optic and other field instrumentation.

The work will be advanced in conjunction with academic colleagues from Imperial College, Oxford University, specialist subcontractors in carrying out tasks in the field and the research sponsors. Your role will include ensuring effective liaison between these various research partners.

You will also make major contributions to the reporting of the work for both the project sponsors and the preparation of results in conference and journal papers. Finally, you will be expected to provide modest contributions in support of MEng or MSc teaching in geotechnical topics at Imperial College.

Essential requirements


  • You must have a good Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering and have completed a PhD (or equivalent) in an experimental (laboratory or field based) geotechnical topic. A specialist geotechnical MSc is desirable.

  • You will have excellent team working skills, with practical experience in a broad range of techniques including experiments with advanced stress-path triaxial, resonant column, ring shear equipment in the laboratory and, field testing of piles.

  • You will also have knowledge of how to conduct and analyse fully experiments with advanced laboratory apparatus, including sample preparation, and analysing field tests conducted on piles.

  • Specific knowledge of chalk behaviour would also be advantageous.

  • You will have a knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures, and advanced computer skills, including developing and working with purpose-written Excel and/or Matlab tools.

  • A track record of involvement in high quality geotechnical publications is also required as well as excellent communication skills and an ability to write and speak fluently in English.


Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380-£35,061 per annum.

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Richard Jardine r.jardine@imperial.ac.uk

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

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Ms Lucy Chivers at l.chivers@imperial.ac.uk

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