Early Stage Researcher and PhD candidate - Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network (2 posts) Research Assistant

Imperial College London

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Position type:

Full time


£35,470 - £46,863

08 Jan 2021
30 Jan 2021

Full details:

Reference number: ENG01501

Job Summary  

Applications are invited for TWO fully-funded a 3-year postgraduate research assistant positions that will also lead to the award of a PhD at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London. 

You will join the multinational S2S-FUTURE Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) and you will be employed as a research assistant at Imperial College.  Simultaneously, you will also be enrolled as a PhD student. The training network ‘S2S-FUTURE: Signal propagation from source to sink for the future of Earth resources and energies’ involves Imperial College and six other European universities, who will recruit 15 ESRs in total.

The first position available at Imperial (ESR8) will conduct PhD research under the heading ‘Releasing the sediment cascade: understanding grain size as a record of mass transfer in source to sink systems’  The objective of this role is to improve our understanding of how fluvial grain size distributions in stratigraphy record the climatic and tectonic signals using self-similarity models and well-calibrated field examples.

The second position (ESR13) will conduct PhD research under the heading “How do Source-to-sink landscapes and systems impact patterns of human habitation?”.  The objectives of this project are first: to constrain historical patterns of settlement on the Indo-Gangetic basin to understand the role of landscape evolution on the spatial distribution of urban development. Second: to analyse recent patterns of the spatial distribution of populations and their growth with relation to landscape in the Indo-Gangetic basin.


Duties and responsibilities

The main responsibility of the posts is to produce research that will contribute to the S2S initiative and to produce material for your PhD thesis. 

Further information can be found in the Job Description.


Essential requirements

You will have a Masters degree in geology, geosciences or a closely related discipline.  The most important requirement is that you the drive, commitment and motivation to undertake PhD level study over a 3 year time period.


Further Information

The end date for this position will be 31/03/2024


  • This is an EU Horizon 2020 funded position. You must meet the mobility and eligibility requirements of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network.
  • You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies etc.) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the past three years.
  • You must meet the definition of an ESR: i.e. you are a researcher without a PhD, who is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career, measured from the date of obtaining the degree that would formally entitle you to embark on a doctorate. Typically, this would be the date that you obtained your Masters degree.
  • The starting salary is fixed as part of the EU grant agreement and is determined according to a fixed set of criteria.  The amount you receive depends on our personal circumstances including whether you have family dependants and whether you choose to join the pension scheme at Imperial College.  


For further information please contact Alex Whittaker (a.whittaker@imperial.ac.uk) and Sanjeev Gupta (s.gupta@imperial.ac.uk).



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How to apply

To apply, visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search by the job reference ENG01501