Reader/Chair in Geotechnical Engineering

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Job listing information

  • Reference ENG02980
  • Date posted 29 January 2024
  • Closing date 11 March 2024

Job description

Job summary

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is delighted to be recruiting up to two new colleagues with an established an academic profile focusing on any of the following areas: (i) Geotechnical Engineering for Offshore Renewable Energy, (ii) Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, or (iii) Geotechnics for Climate Change Resilience.


The overall mission of our Department is to solve global challenges across the natural and built environment through world leading education, research and innovation. We focus on interactions between the built environment and the natural world and recognise that civil and environmental engineering are crucial to meeting the major challenges faced by society; including climate change, economic recovery, growing population and urbanisation, conservation of natural resources, development of renewable energy sources, sustainable transport, environmental quality and infrastructure ageing and resilience. The successful candidate will join the Geotechnics Section, a dynamic geotechnical research group, with research and teaching activities that focus on both fundamental and applied aspects of soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, and engineering geology.


We are specifically seeking colleagues with established academic profiles focusing on any of the following areas:


(i) Geotechnical Engineering for Offshore Renewable Energy,


(ii) Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, or


(iii) Geotechnics for Climate Change Resilience.


Applications are therefore welcome from candidates with experience that could include soil-structure interaction, development of quantitative ground models for predictive analyses in offshore environments, laboratory testing, field investigations or numerical modelling, or other experience relevant to any of the three application areas listed.

Duties and responsibilities

You will plan, resource, and direct an original and impacting research programme in Geotechnical Engineering with a focus on offshore renewables, geotechnical earthquake engineering or climate change resilience.

You will have the capability to conduct research projects on your own and to develop collaborative projects, in particular with other members of the Department and College.

You will be expected to:

  • Formulate an original and potentially significant programme of research and submit research proposals and funding bids to support it
  • Plan, manage, and successfully implement research projects
  • Supervise, train and mentor research students and staff with the highest scientific rigour
  • Disseminate results through leading international journals and conferences
  • Engage with industry and other agencies to identify current challenges for research
  • Maintain a leading and prominent role in the research area(s)
  • Establish meaningful research collaborations with colleagues within the Section, the Department, and the College

You will also contribute to the Department’s wide spectrum of Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching through lectures, seminars, course work, tutorials and personal supervision.

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in Geotechnical Engineering or a related field.

You will have an expertise and national (international at Professor level) reputation in any of the following fields: Geotechnical Engineering for Offshore Renewable Energy, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, or Experimental Geotechnics for Climate Change Resilience.

A significant (sustained at Professor level) track record in attracting high levels of research funding is essential together with extensive experience in leading the design of research programmes.

You must also have an excellent record of research, evidenced by a portfolio of research publications, confirming national/ international standing (commensurate with career stage).

Experience of training Undergraduate and Postgraduate students together with supervision of higher degrees is essential.

Full information on duties, responsibilities and criteria for the post can be found in the Job Description.

Further information

Salary: Reader Level from £77,866 per annum
Professor Level from £89,139 per annum

The posts are full time and open-ended.

Please see our further particulars for more information about the College and the benefits available to staff.

For further information about the post, please contact Professor Catherine O’Sullivan, Professor of Particulate Soil Mechanics, Email: cath.osullivan@imperial.ac.uk

For further information and advice on the application process contact Maria Monteiro, Senior Appointments Manager, Email: m.monteiro@imperial.ac.uk

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to https://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/ and search using reference number ENG02980.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

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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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

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 reassignment, 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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