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Research Associate

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 20th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £41,593 - £49,210
  • REF: ENG01982
  • Closes: 17th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to work on a KTP funded research project in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

3D printing is a disruptive technology that has the potential to significantly alter the way in which the construction industry operates. Steelo Ltd and Imperial College London aim to achieve a step-change in the steel fabrication sector by replacing the current, somewhat crude and labour-intensive approach to the creation of steelwork connections with the robotic 3D printing of optimised connections.

The project will involve the analysis and optimisation of connections through computational modelling. The optimised connections will be printed (via industrial robotics) using wire-arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), subjected to physical testing to verify their structural performance and refined through iteration. Consistency of performance will be demonstrated through repeat testing before deployment on client projects.

This is a fixed term appointment for 30 months.

Duties and responsibilities

This post will carry out research programmes to investigate the behaviour of optimised structural components manufactured via wire-arc additive manufacturing. You will be expected to design, test, analyse and characterise the mechanical behaviour of 3D printed connections, as well as examining the geometric variability and response of 3D printed metal structural elements, and exploring optimised 3D printed metal structural elements. You will also develop protocols and rules for the safe design of 3D printed metal structures.

Essential requirements

    • Hold a PhD in Structural Engineering or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience, as well as an excellent honours degree and ideally MSc in Civil/Structural Engineering


    • Practical experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals


    • Knowledge of 3D printing


    • Ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature


  • Willingness to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative

Further information

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Leroy Gardner at leroy.gardner@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 .

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.

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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

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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