Research Associate in Verification and Reasoning about Cyber-Physical Systems

Job summary

We are seeking to hire a Research Associate to contribute towards a unifying science for smarter sensor based systems. The ‘Science of Sensor Systems Software’ (S4) project aims to deliver new philosophies and techniques for the development and deployment of verifiable, reliable, sensor systems that operate in uncertain, multiple and multi-scale environments. Led by Julie McCann, Imperial’s particular focus in this project to understand...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00510
  • Date posted 11 September 2018
  • Closing date 26 September 2018

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to hire a Research Associate to contribute towards a unifying science for smarter sensor based systems. The ‘Science of Sensor Systems Software’ (S4) project aims to deliver new philosophies and techniques for the development and deployment of verifiable, reliable, sensor systems that operate in uncertain, multiple and multi-scale environments. Led by Julie McCann, Imperial’s particular focus in this project to understand how the combination of digital and physical computation is affected by environments and how they impact environments under differing environmental conditions and demands, and therefore in terms of hardware and software.

The S4 programme brings together researchers from the universities of Glasgow, Liverpool and St Andrews, and Imperial College London examining systems, dynamics, verification and modelling etc. It is motivated and validated by end-user and experimental applications involving ten organisations, including ABB, British Geological Survey, CENSIS, Freescale, Rolls-Royce, Thales, and Transport Scotland. (See: http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/research/S4/).

Duties and responsibilities


  • To take initiatives in the planning of research

  • To direct the work of small research teams

  • To write reports for submission to research sponsors

  • To submit publications to refereed journals

  • To provide guidance to PhD and undergraduate students

  • Contribute to bids for research grants

  • To conduct and plan own scientific work with appropriate supervision.

  • To maintain highly organised and accurate record of experimental Work.

  • To actively participate in the research programme of the Group

  • To publish in high quality journals and to present data at national and international meetings

  • To participate in group research meetings and internal seminars.

  • To collaborate with other allied scientists within Imperial College and elsewhere in London and abroad, as appropriate

  • To contribute to the smooth running of the group’s activities such as seminars and journal clubs

  • Assist in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students and research assistants as required

Essential requirements

A track record in verification (or similar) of cyber-physical systems (hybrid control, wireless sensors etc) is essential for this post. In particular the following skills are required:
• Experience in the modelling of resilience, dependability, formal methods, and systems of systems
• Understanding of practical cyber-physical systems challenges
• Basic understanding of Control systems and optimisation.

As Research Associate you must have a PhD (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the subject areas above. Preference will be given to applicants that can demonstrate the ability to code embedded systems with a proven research record and publications in A-ranked venues. You must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise your work with minimal supervision and prioritise work to meet deadlines. All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

Further information

For further information see: http://wp.doc.ic.ac.uk/aese/ or email research related enquiries to Prof J.A. McCann j.mccann@imperial.ac.uk

*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.

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.