Post-doctoral Research Associate

City, University of London

United Kingdom

October 7, 2022


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Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (over 40% at postgraduate level), from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last decade City has almost tripled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. During this period City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university.


The Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) will work together with our industrial partner, Sydney Water in Australia, to explore an innovative sensing solution for early identification and notification of sewer rising main breaks. The PDRA will be based at the Research Institute of Sensors and Instrumentation at City and this appointment is for 24 months.


The main responsibility of the PDRA is to tackle the technical challenges in early identification of sewer infrastructural degradation. The PDRA is required to develop novel optical fibre sensors by working together with industrial partners, for sewer pipeline condition monitoring and for detection of the onset of pipe leaks. The PDRA is also required to develop appropriate software to extract the useful information from the sensor data captured and inform the stakeholders of the pipe conditions in real-time.

Person Specification

The successful candidate is required to have expertise in optical fibre sensors and/or optical instrumentation and an ability to work closely with and report to industries involved, coordinating with academic and industrial partners.

They must have completed their thesis for a PhD in Optical Engineering, Optical Instrumentation, Optical Sensors, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a related subject. Having prior experience of working with industry or tackling industry-focused problems and/or software development skills is highly desirable.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date: 7th October 2022 at 11:59pm.

To apply and for more information about the post please use the links below.

City, University of London is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities, processes, and culture, for our whole community, including staff, students and visitors.

We welcome applications regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or social class. For more information on our approaches to encouraging an inclusive environment, please see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Pages.

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  • About the employer

    City, University of London is a public research institution. Since the year 2016, it has been serving as the University of London's constituent college. Established in the year 1894, it used to be recognized as the Northampton Institute. It gained...