Associate Professor - Electrical Engineering, Electronics

School/Institution:Imperial College London, United Kingdom, Kensington

Discipline: Electrical Engineering, Electronics

Employment Type:Full-time


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Associate in Autonomous Process Measurement Sensor Systems

Job description

This post is part of an ongoing major collaboration between the Chemical and Electrical & Electronic Engineering Departments of Imperial College London with one of the world’s leading providers of automation and control solutions.

The aim of the project is to develop next-generation sensor technology for the process industry employing wireless sensors that are smaller, lower-cost and easier to deploy than the sensor products available today. Prototype sensor systems for the measurement of key liquid process variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, pH and conductivity will be demonstrated both at bench scale and in a pilot plant.

The post holder will be one of two key researchers on an industrially funded project to develop next generation sensor systems for deployment in chemical process environments. The aim is to develop multi-functional micro-sensors (MFMS) which are smaller, lower-cost and easier to deploy than existing sensors available to the process industry. Commercial and semi-commercial micro-sensors will be integrated with low-power electronics in a multi-functional package compatible with chemical process environments to achieve this outcome. Application of prototype sensor systems to the measurement of key liquid process variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, pH and conductivity will be demonstrated at the bench scale and using the Imperial College Pilot Plant when appropriate.

The post holder will lead the electrical engineering elements of the project, working closely with a second Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Chemical Engineering Department who will be responsible for leading the chemical engineering aspects. The work will involve close collaboration with the industrial sponsor.

Duties and responsibilities

Responsibilities will include:

Identify, procure, and evaluate commercial and semi-commercial micro-sensors suitable for autonomous process measurement in liquid phase systems

  • Contribute to the development of the overall micro-sensor system concept
  • Lead on the system level and detailed design of the micro-sensor system electronics
  • Contribute to other aspects of the micro-sensor system design e.g. package design
  • Lead on the fabrication of prototype micro-sensor systems
  • Validate the performance of the prototype micro-sensor systems in a laboratory scale test rig
  • Validate the performance of the prototype micro-sensor systems using an industrial pilot plant
  • Liaise with industrial sponsors on technical matters
  • Prepare presentations for delivery to industrial sponsors
  • Produce journal and conference publications from the research
  • Provide management and leadership for junior members of the research groups such as PhD students
  • Undertake teaching duties within the Department as required.
  • Perform any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by your line manager

Essential requirements

  • Candidates should hold a first degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences. Some previous experience of working in a research team will also be beneficial.
  • The candidate will be required to write for publication in international scientific journals and deliver technical presentations. They will require knowledge of the physical principles underlying sensors for liquid properties such as temperature, pressure, flow, pH, conductivity.  They will also require general knowledge of measurement and sensor science/engineering including data acquisition.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills are required and the ability to deal with a wide range of people, as well as the ability to write clearly and concisely to a level consistent with publication in highly regarded international journals.

Further information

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Andrew Holmes at email address

When applying please attach a cover letter explaining your current interests, your curriculum vitae and a list of your publications.

For technical issues when applying online, please contact:

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397 - £37,486 per annum.

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a strong commitment to conducting internationally competitive and innovative research. Its primary scientific interest is in fundamental research with numerous applications to the environment, healthcare, information and communications technology, industry and energy.

The academic staff of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) have wide-ranging expertise in Circuits and Systems, Communications and Signal Processing, Control and Power, Intelligent Systems and Networks, and Optical and Semiconductor Devices.

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities on our webpages.


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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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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