Research Associate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Imperial College London Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

United Kingdom

Job summary

An exciting new vacancy for a Research Associate is now available as part of cutting-edge research on using citizen science-based data collection techniques to better understand water consumption patterns, water quality, and related public health outcomes among different socio-economic groups in Sub-Saharan Africa and thereby inform future water management policy-making. The activities will focus specifically on studying the link between water...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01859
  • Date posted 8 September 2021
  • Closing date 6 October 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £41,593 – £49,210 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

An exciting new vacancy for a Research Associate is now available as part of cutting-edge research on using citizen science-based data collection techniques to better understand water consumption patterns, water quality, and related public health outcomes among different socio-economic groups in Sub-Saharan Africa and thereby inform future water management policy-making. The activities will focus specifically on studying the link between water and health in the city of Accra, Ghana. The position is part of a large international consortium project funded by the UK Wellcome Trust entitled Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities.

This is a fixed term appointment for 18 months.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for the design and implementation of a water consumption monitoring strategy (e.g., piped water, sachet water, other), as well as the collection and analysis of related water quality and health information. A combination of data collection approaches will be used, including smartphone applications, census data analyses, water sampling, and household questionnaires.

You will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals based on this work, and to attract external research funding.

The position will also involve coordination of technology development delivered by contractors (e.g., website developers), interdisciplinary collaboration within the consortium including medical and social sciences, and day-to-day scientific management of the projects.

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in Environmental Engineering (or a closely related discipline), preferably with a focus on water supply system challenges in developing countries and citizen science-based research techniques for appointment at Research Associate level.

You will have previous experience in designing and implementing field-based water-related research in development settings, including data validation and visualisation techniques. Experience with the recruitment of citizen science volunteers and interacting with water sector stakeholders and policymakers will be an advantage.

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Michael Templeton at m.templeton@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 £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.

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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