Research Associate

Imperial College London

London, UK 🇬🇧

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 [email protected].

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Briony Webb at [email protected].

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.

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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.

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 identity, 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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