Research Associate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Imperial College London Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

United Kingdom

Job summary

To conduct research into the modelling and impact assessment of aviation emissions, specifically contrails and aviation induced cirrus. The researcher will develop the modelling methods and data streams required to conduct a global simulation of aircraft contrails. The work will include a comprehensive evaluation of uncertainties in flight data, aircraft emissions, metrology and contrail modelling. The researcher will collaborate with internal...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01621
  • Date posted 18 March 2021
  • Closing date 15 April 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,858 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

To conduct research into the modelling and impact assessment of aviation emissions, specifically contrails and aviation induced cirrus. The researcher will develop the modelling methods and data streams required to conduct a global simulation of aircraft contrails.

The work will include a comprehensive evaluation of uncertainties in flight data, aircraft emissions, metrology and contrail modelling. The researcher will collaborate with internal and external research partners on the validation of contrail model outputs with satellite data and on the development of visualisation tools.

The project will use the simulation tools to explore the potential for the climate impacts of contrails to be reduced through the use of alternative flight routing and the use of alternative fuels. The appointment is fixed term on a full-time basis for a duration of 2 years in the first instance.

Duties and responsibilities

You will undertake internationally leading research into the modelling of aviation emission and the formation of contrails. You will work as part of a team of internal and external partners and submit publications to refereed journals.

You will be highly motivated and able to plan and carry out work according to the aims of the project. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the supervision of UG, MSc and PhD research students in the group and to the development of future research and industry funding proposals.

Essential requirements

    • PhD related to aviation and environment.
    • Practical experience within a research environment
    • Experience with modelling and simulation methods applied to aviation and the environment
    • Publication(s) in relevant and refereed journals.
    • Knowledge of research methods and numerical modelling in aircraft emissions and contrail modelling
    • Ability to conduct review of literature
    • Scientific programming languages including Matlab and Python
    • Excellent verbal communication skills
    • Team-bassed project development and delivery
    • Ability to organise and prioritise own work in response to deadlines

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Marc Stettler (m.stettler@imperial.ac.uk).

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Briony Webb at b.webb@imperial.ac.uk.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Closing date: 15/04/21


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