Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Further your research and build new industrial contacts by joining IMI as an internal secondee

Monday 23 January 2017


Mathematics underpins many of the research activities at the University of Bath – and its application leads to new insight across a wide range of disciplines.

Now in its third year, the IMI Secondment Programme is a unique opportunity for academics at the University of Bath to further their research by linking up with colleagues from other disciplines across campus.


Interdisciplinary and industrial collaboration opportunities

IMI’s secondment programme is open both to academics wishing to collaborate with mathematicians or statisticians, and to academics from the mathematical sciences wishing collaborate with researchers from other disciplines. This year, we are also inviting applications from academics wishing to collaborate in a joint secondment to IMI.

IMI Secondees 2016Being seconded to IMI is also an opportunity for you to work with some of IMI’s many external industrial partners or it can free up your time to work on an interdisciplinary research proposal.

With a remit to support cross-campus research activities and engagement with industry, we actively encourage applications from academics wishing to collaborate across departments or with industrial partners.

The IMI Secondment Programme is open to academics from all disciplines, but research conducted as part of your secondment to IMI has to involve an element of mathematics, statistics or data science.

Secondees typically work with IMI one day per week for a full semester – and your department will receive a financial contribution in exchange for your time. Previous IMI secondees have used this funding to reduce their teaching commitments or to access the expertise of IMI’s Commercial Research Associates.

For example, this year, Professor Chris Bowen worked with one of our Commercial Research Associates, Dr Lorna Wilson, to explore a mathematical model involved in thermoacoustic harvesting.

Speaking on his secondment, Chris said: “The IMI secondment was an enjoyable and fruitful experience. Working with Lorna moved forward our understanding of modelling thermoacoustic significantly and provided some much needed input into a research proposal. We also hope to publish a joint paper that combines our latest experimental and modelling efforts on thermoacoustic harvesting.”

Another example of research activities to be taken forward as part of a secondment project is Dr Katherine Button’s collaboration with local SME Mayden, initiated by IMI. As part of her secondment to IMI, Kate also developed and secured funding for an interdisciplinary PhD studentship investigating personalised psychological care.

In the 2017-18 academic year, IMI has funding in place to support several secondments per semester.

Our current cohort of nine secondees spans lecturers to professors from the Departments of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Biology & Biochemistry, Health, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Psychology. Find out more about our secondees and their interdisciplinary research.

Director of IMI, Professor Jonathan Dawes said: ‘‘Internal secondees are a key part of IMI’s programme of stimulating innovative research collaborations from across the University.”

“As a university-wide research institute, we actively encourage academic staff from all disciplines to consider applying to spend time working with the IMI.”

“Our current secondees come from six different departments, and we’rehoping to attract an equally diverse group of secondees in the next academic year”.

Interested in being seconded to IMI?

Learn more about the IMI Secondee Programme.

For an informal discussion about being seconded to the IMI, please contact Catrin Yeomans at or on 01225 383404.

Alternatively, come along to one of our fortnightly IMI Open House events, where you can learn more about IMI, our current work and how you can get involved. 

Applications to become an IMI secondee in the 2017-18 academic year must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 24 March 2017.

Apply now to become an IMI Secondee >>