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Research Assistant

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 10th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,694 - £39,888
  • REF: ENG01934
  • Closes: 24th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Assistant to work on the DUKEMS (Developing a UK Community Emissions Modelling System) Project in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

A priority for the DUKEMS project is the further development and refinement of road transport emission factors and emission inventories. This prioritisation is justified based on the substantial contribution the road transport sector continues to make to the emission of many important pollutants and its specific dominance with respect to urban air quality problems, e.g. NO2. PEMS measurements show that vehicle emissions are highly dynamic and correlated with vehicle accelerations. Recent comparisons by our group of PEMS measurements with COPERT (4 v11) speed dependent emissions factors showed PEMS measurements to be on average 1.6 times higher than COPERT estimates for NOx and 2.5 times for NO2 and that COPERT emissions factors do not account for the dynamic effects of traffic congestion. Therefore, we have developed the Road transport Emissions and Variance Simulator (REVS) to model road transport emissions and variance, based on real-world PEMS data.

This is a fixed term appointment until 30 June 2022.

Duties and responsibilities

The overall objective is to use the REVS model toad transport emissions in the UK, contributing to the DUKEMS project. This work will be carried out in collaboration with other internal and external project partners.

Essential requirements

    • Relevant undergraduate and MSc in Engineering or Physical Sciences


    • Experience with analysing large datasets


    • Knowledge of vehicle emissions causes and impacts


    • Emissions control and after-treatment system operation and efficacy in real-world


  • Scientific programming languages, at least one of Python and/or Matlab

Further information

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

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

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

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.

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  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
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  • 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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