Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Research Associate for the Autonomous Industrial Systems Lab to investigate novel control system architectures and algorithms to increase the level of autonomy in industrial operations, especially for manufacturing and process systems applications such as carbon capture and storage, natural gas processing and transportation, and thermo-mechanical energy storage plants.

Duties and responsibilities

In this role you will have the opportunity to collaborate with industrial partners and collect their input for developing control systems of the future to reduce accidents and increase the reliability and efficiency of industrial operations by leveraging modelling, control, optimisation, and machine learning technologies.

Key responsibilities:

  • You will carry out an analysis of the current autonomy levels in industrial applications as well as the role of human operators in responding to unplanned events and adverse situations
  • You will assist in developing a comprehensive research plan to address the challenges faced for reaching higher autonomy levels in industry
  • You will deliver research outcomes in accordance with the above plan for selected autonomous operation capabilities and demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed autonomous solutions in suitable simulation and testing environments
  • You are expected to publish your findings in high quality journals and present at national and international meetings
  • You will assist in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students and research assistants as required

Essential requirements

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Expertise in mathematical methods and algorithms used in systems engineering for process modelling, monitoring, optimisation, and control. Experience in working with methods such as model predictive control or reinforcement learning is desirable
  • Expertise in working with process simulation technologies
  • Prior experience in energy systems and process systems applications
  • Basic understanding of electrical power systems and electrical machines used in a process systems environment such as variable speed drives for compressors, fans, and pumps
  • Strong skills and experience in working with computer code, especially in a collaborative development setting is required

Further information

The post is available from October 1st, 2022 for 12 months. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Mehmet Mercangoz (

To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG02190. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

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Closing date: midnight on Sunday 17th July 2022

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Closing date: 17/07/2022

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