Post-doctoral opportunity: Arctic fires with an emphasis on smouldering combustion and fire spread

Post-doctoral opportunity: Arctic fires with an emphasis on smouldering combustion and fire spread

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to study experimentally smouldering Arctic fires and join Imperial Hazelab which is the multidisciplinary research group led by Prof. Guillermo Rein based the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. The purpose of Hazelab is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment.

The project, named FireFrost, is part of the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society held jointly between Imperial College London and King’s College London, University of Reading and Royal Holloway.

Duties and responsibilities

As a Research Associate on this project, you will

  • be expected to identify and develop suitable techniques, and apparatus, to study Arctic fires of the soil with an emphasis on smouldering combustion, and analyse the mechanisms for fire spread
  • assist in the analysis of the data and ensure its validity and reliability
  • assist with writing reports for the research sponsors as well as publication writing and conference presentations
  • be expected to provide guidance to PhD students, conduct and plan own scientific work under appropriate supervision, and actively participate in the research programme of the group
  • actively contribute to group research meetings and contribute to the smooth running of the group’s laboratories


Essential requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must:

  • Have, or be close to completing, a PhD in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry, and a first degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or Science.
  • Be knowledgeable of experimental techniques and heat transfer.
  • Have advanced experimental skills and a good understanding of laboratory safety
  • Experience with fire science, wildfires and smouldering combustion would be considered an advantage.


Further information

This is a full-time fixed term position for up to 15 months in the first instance.

Salary£38,194 – £50,834 plus benefits

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36, 645 – £39,888 per annum.

Our preferred method of application is via the Imperial website. Please visit for more information about the post and the application process.

Deadline for applications is 31st August 2022

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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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  • 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 reassignment, 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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