Research Assistant/Associate

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate* (PDRA) to join our team with an EPSRC funded feasibility project “Enhancing Machine Learning with Physical Constraints to Predict Microstructure Evolution”, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. The project seeks to develop novel machine learning approaches in the context of spatio-temporal physical phenomena, applied to the...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00626
  • Date posted 5 December 2018
  • Closing date 6 January 2019

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate* (PDRA) to join our team with an EPSRC funded feasibility project “Enhancing Machine Learning with Physical Constraints to Predict Microstructure Evolution”, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield.

The project seeks to develop novel machine learning approaches in the context of spatio-temporal physical phenomena, applied to the demixing of polymer and complex fluid mixtures. Specifically, we will develop novel mathematical tools that enable the incorporation of physical constraints into empirical machine learning. The work will be complemented by a second PDRA, at the University of Sheffield, focussing on constrained Gaussian processes and/or uncertainty quantification, assessing the applicability of orthogonal basis decomposition methods in constraining models to be physically obedient. The successful candidate will focus on developing unconstrained Gaussian processes and will generate spatio-temporal data, both computational and experimental, on polymer-polymer demixing.

Duties and responsibilities

The research associate will be supervised by Professor João Cabral and work in close collaboration with another Research Associate and Professors Nigel Clarke (Physics) and Richard Wilkinson (Mathematics) at the University of Sheffield.

This is an excellent opportunity to work on a challenging research project across two leading academic institutions and develop multidisciplinary research and leadership skills. This position requires an innovative researcher who is able to work independently and with other researchers and collaborators on this project. You will have the ability to generate new ideas, to test them and apply them and be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research.

Essential requirements

You will have a:

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • A PhD (or be near completion of one) in Physical Sciences, Applied Maths/Statistics, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or related field or equivalent level of professional qualifications.
  • A demonstrated track record of original research in experimental and computational physical sciences, preferably in polymer and soft matter science, and some experience in machine learning.
  • A track record of refereed journal publications
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly and to present scientific results orally and coherently.

 *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

The post is available immediately and the appointment is for 12 months in the first instance. 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 Professor João Cabral (j.cabral@imperial.ac.uk).

To apply, please select the "Apply now" button at the top of this page. 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 chemeng.hr@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 6th January 2019

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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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.