Research Assistant Position - Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities, Imperial College, UK

Publish Date: Jul 24, 2015

Deadline: Aug 21, 2015

About Research Assistant Position

A key ambition of the ICRI-Cities is to create and realize a compelling vision of a sustainable future made possible by adaptive technologies that optimize resource efficiency, enable new services and support the quality of life of urban inhabitants. We wish to extend our sensor/actuator platform to better optimise its Quality of Service to the many stakeholders and demands by adapting to change in dense city environments. These go beyond cognitive communications for sensing but also add control for actuation and platform maintenance and therefore require stricter service guarantees. The ICRI-Cities is led by Julie McCann at Imperial College London in partnership with Intel and UCL.

Imperial College is consistently in the top 10 world university ranking. The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, The Department was ranked third (1st in the Research Intensity table published by The Times Higher), and was rated as "Excellent" in the previous national assessment of teaching quality.

This position will work closely with Intel and also with the Future Cities Catapult to examine practical deployments of sensor network/IoT devices in the wild at city scales.

To apply you should have proven knowledge and track record in two or more of the following:

  • Cognitive Communications preferably for low-powered embedded devices
  • QoS aware protocol design to ensure deterministic behaviour for control message delivery
  • Low-powered Wireless Sensor Networking with a particular focus on actuation
  • Information Science and/or control experience.

Candidates with an excellent first degree (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) and relevant experience in mobile networking will be considered at Research Assistant level.To be appointed at Research Associate level you must have a PhD (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) in an area pertinent to the subject areas above..

You must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise your work with minimal supervision and prioritise work to meet deadlines. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven research record and publications in the relevant areas and experience of EU projects.  All applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English. 

You will be based at the South Kensington campus. For further information see: or email research related enquiries to

How to apply

Our preferred method of application is online via our website.  Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (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 EN20150259SF.  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. 

Applications must include:

  • A college application form quoting reference JM SDN 0715
  • A full CV
  • A 1 page statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.
  • Additionally please include any material from your past work that you would like us to consider such as significant papers or thesis.

For applications queries please contact Sarah Willis at:

Closing Date: 21 August 2015

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