Research Associate – Urban Rail / Railway Asset Management Specialist

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  • Reference ENG01603
  • Date posted 5 March 2021
  • Closing date 6 April 2021

Job description

Job summary

NOTE: A fully pensionable £3,000 per annum market supplement is awarded in addition to the salary range above.

To support our sustained growth in applied research and consultancy for the rail and metro industries, we are seeking to appoint a Research Associate – Urban Rail / Railway Asset Management Specialist (equivalent to Senior to Principal Transport Consultant/ Planner) to join the Transport Strategy Centre (TSC) at Imperial College London.  You will be part of a friendly and supportive team, made up of around 30 professionals, who are committed to working together to conduct high quality work that makes a real difference to transport operations worldwide.

The successful applicant will have especially relevant skills in asset management or technical expertise in metros and/or railways.  You will join a globally recognised applied research and consultancy group, focused on public transport. We are a multidisciplinary team bringing together people from industry, consultancy and academic backgrounds. We work with over 120 metros, railway operators, infrastructure managers, light rail and bus operators across the globe.  We use benchmarking analysis and the identification of good practices to help the leaders of those companies improve the performance of their systems and the services they provide.

The activities of the TSC are far reaching; recent studies have included asset lifecycle optimisation, driverless metros, fares and funding policies, noise and vibration, and reliability of signalling equipment. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been helping transport providers respond to the crisis and prepare for future recovery. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • You will undertake and deliver applied research projects with the TSC team, engaging directly with public transport operators and authorities throughout the world to deliver useful analysis, insight and recommendations for their senior management.
  • You will review, support and champion aspects of projects that relate to urban rail/railway asset management and/or technology.
  • You will advise and support transport operators in good practices relating to asset management and the implementation and use of rail-related technologies.
  • Using comparative analysis, you will also gain a broad range of knowledge relating to the management of transport operators and the policies that govern them.

Essential requirements

  • You will be educated to at least an undergraduate level degree level (or equivalent)
  • You will have experience with the public transport or railway industry (including consultancies, transport operators/authorities, governments, institutions and regulators); prior work in academia is not sought.
  • You will have direct experience in urban rail / railway engineering, technology, and/or asset management projects.
  • You must have an excellent understanding of the urban rail or railway industries in areas such as planning, economics, operations, engineering, technology, regulation, and safety.
  • You will also have specific knowledge of urban rail / railway engineering methods, processes and/or asset management.

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Alexander Barron, Transport Strategy Centre, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at

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

A £3,000 per annum market supplement is also included on top of salary.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Alexandra Williams at

Interviews: Currently planned to take place week commencing 19th April 2021 with follow-up interviews as necessary week commencing 26th April 2021 and 03rd May 2021.


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.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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