Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Research Associate position on fire protection engineering in Imperial College London



Research Associate in the Thermofluids Division at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London.

Maximum salary on appointment will be £33,410 per annum*
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistants within the salary range £29,350 - £32,520 per annum.

Fixed-term appointment available for up to 8 months in the first instance.

The Thermofluids Division wishes to appoint a Research Associate to conduct research into systemic fire protection engineering at Imperial College London.

The Hazelab is the multidisciplinary research group led by Dr Guillermo Rein and part of the Thermofluids Division in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The purpose of the group is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment. To do so, Hazelab studies computationally and experimentally heat transfer processes, condensed-phase chemistry and thermodynamics of reactive solids.

The Research Associate under the supervision of Dr Rein, will be involved in the project N-LAYERS to conduct a study and write a white paper where a holistic view of fire protection engineering is created and the role of prevention is examined. Fire safety is made of a series of layers (e.g., prevention, fuel control, passive and active systems, evacuation, and structural response). All layers have a role in fire safety, but not all layers are equally important, effective or costly. In this context, N-LAYERS wants study in-depth the role of prevention in a systemic view of fire protection.

The Associate would be in charge of conducting the multidisciplinary literature review on systemic thinking, resilience and layers of fire protection; construction of a novel framework for the white paper based systemic thinking; communicate with collaborators; and write the white paper.

A PhD (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) or near completion of a PhD* in an area pertinent to the research subject e.g. Fire Protection Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering is essential.  In addition some background in fire dynamics and risk is also essential. High quality writing in technical English is desirable.

Informal e-mail enquiries may be made to Dr Guillermo Rein at g.rein@imperial.ac.uk or +44(0) 20 7594 7036.

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Closing Date:  20 February 2015 (midnight GMT)
                               
How To Apply:                  
Our preferred method of application is online via our website.  Visit at http://tinyurl.com/hazelab or go to http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/employment (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN201500023SF, you must submit an application form for our posts along with a CV, if you do not fill in an application form, you will not be considered.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please email Ms Claire Soulal, Academic Administrator at: c.soulal@imperial.ac.uk to request an application form.