Researcher in Earth Science and Engineering

Imperial College London Department of Earth Science and Engineering

Job summary

Applications are invited for a fully-funded a postgraduate research assistant position that will also lead to the award of a PhD at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London working with Dr Alex Whittaker. You will join the multinational S2S-FUTURE Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) and you will be employed as a research assistant at Imperial College. ...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01979
  • Date posted 20 December 2021
  • Closing date 24 January 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £35,470 – £46,863 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Earth Science & Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a fully-funded a postgraduate research assistant position that will also lead to the award of a PhD at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London working with Dr Alex Whittaker.

You will join the multinational S2S-FUTURE Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) and you will be employed as a research assistant at Imperial College.  Simultaneously, you will also be enrolled as a PhD student. The training network ‘S2S-FUTURE: Signal propagation from source to sink for the future of Earth resources and energies’ involves Imperial College and six other European universities, who have recruited.  The project is funded to end March 2024 in the first instance but we anticipate that it will be extended for up to 12 months.

The position available at Imperial (ESR8) will conduct PhD research under the heading ‘Releasing the sediment cascade: understanding grain size as a record of mass transfer in source to sink systems’. The objective of this role is to improve our understanding of how fluvial grain size distributions in stratigraphy record the climatic and tectonic signals using self-similarity models and well-calibrated field examples. The Gulf of Corinth has been identified as a key location of study. The project will involve field data collection, modelling and GIS work and is suited to Earth Scientists with an interest in sedimentology, geomorphology and tectonics.

Duties and responsibilities

The main responsibility of the post is to produce research that will contribute to the S2S initiative and to produce material for your PhD thesis.  You will receive academic support and guidance, but you will be expected to develop your own research ideas and communicate your research findings in conference presentations, written reports and published papers.  You will need to engage with peers and members of the European Training Network, and to undertake the training and activities developed for the programme alongside your research.

Essential requirements

The most important requirement is that you the drive, commitment and motivation to undertake PhD level study over a 3 year time period. You will have the ability to work independently to solve science problems and you will need to have some prior experience of carrying out research, ideally at Masters level.  You will have some prior understanding of sedimentary systems from practical (field) and theoretical perspectives.  You must meet the mobility and eligibility requirements of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network to be appointed (see below).

Further information

The initial end date for this position will be 31/03/2024, with a further extension of 6-12 months planned.

  • This is an EU Horizon 2020 funded position. You must meet the mobility and eligibility requirements of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network.
  • You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies etc.) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the past three years.
  • You must meet the definition of an ESR: i.e. you are a researcher without a PhD, who is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career, measured from the date of obtaining the degree that would formally entitle you to embark on a doctorate. Typically, this would be the date that you obtained your Masters degree.
  • Your employment contract is fixed term and will be no more than 3 years. You will complete the key research for the PhD thesis in this time period.  The thesis itself must be written up and submitted within 4 years of PhD registration. 
  • The starting salary is fixed as part of the EU grant agreement and is determined according to a fixed set of criteria. The amount you receive depends on our personal circumstances including whether you have family dependants and whether you choose to join the pension scheme at Imperial College. 

For further details about the role, including further details of the PhD research envisaged, please contact Alex Whittaker (whittaker@imperial.ac.uk)

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