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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL18926

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £33,615 - £39,483 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL18926
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 07-Jun-2019
Closing date: 07-Jul-2019

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About us

Queen Mary is one of London and the UK’s leading research-focused universities. With over 20,000 students, it is amongst the largest of the colleges of the University of London. Queen Mary’s 4,000 staff teach and research across a wide range of subjects in Science and Engineering, the Humanities, Social Sciences and Laws, and Medicine and Dentistry.

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with approximately 70 academic staff and 45 postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. Circa 40 administrative and technical staff support the staff and students. The staff and student body are international in make-up. The School is partway through a refurbishment project that is upgrading research and teaching space. The School holds a departmental-level Bronze Athena SWAN award and is committed to equality of opportunity.

About the role

The School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on control system design and testing of wave energy converters under the supervision of Dr Guang Li.

The aim of the project is to develop control system for wave energy converters and implement the control algorithms using hardware-in-the-loop testing and wave tank testing.  The successful candidate will gain first-hand experience of working with a strong research group at QMUL and, at the same time to collaborate with the University of Exeter and industrial partner.

Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD or equivalent in Control Engineering or equivalent subjects.  It is essential for the candidate to have expertise in Model Predictive Control and real-time control implementations.

The post is full time and fixed term for 15 months and could be extended subject to availability of further funding. The job is expected to start in July 2019. The starting salary will be £33,615 - £39,483 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, a pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Additional Information

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

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The closing date for applications is 7 July 2019 and interviews are anticipated to be held very shortly thereafter.


The School of Engineering & Materials Science and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

The School of Engineering and Material Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered member of WISE. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.


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