Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Join IMI as an internal secondee 


IMI offers exciting opportunities for academics at the University of Bath further their research, link up with fellow researchers across campus or work with industrial partners.


IMI Secondees 2016-17An IMI Secondment will give you unique opportunities to:  

  • advance your research using mathematics, statistics or data science
  • work with colleagues from across campus
  • collaborate with our many external industrial partners
  • access our research grant development support or
  • work with IMI's Commercial Research Associates


Freeing up your time to work on one or more of the above areas, the IMI Secondment Programme is flexible to accommodate individual academic objectives and needs.


Interdisciplinary and industrial collaboration opportunities

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

Our 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. Academics from all disciplines can apply, but research conducted as part of your secondment to IMI has to involve an element of mathematics, statistics or data science.


Freeing up your time to focus on your research

Your secondment will typically be for one day per week for a full semester, and your department will be financially compensated for the time you spend being seconded to IMI. Previous IMI secondees have used this funding to reduce their teaching commitments or to access the expertise of IMI’s Commercial Research Associates.

In the 2017-18 academic year, IMI has funding in place to support several secondments per semester. We have limited office space, so secondees typically work in their own office during their secondment time.

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 work.  


Speaking of her secondment to IMI, Professor Ania Zalewska from the School of Management said:

“I was very pleased when I learnt that my secondment application was successful. For some time, I had various 'more mathematical’ ideas and no time to focus on them because of the everyday rush with teaching, admin and my 'in-my-field' research.

Being given a bit more time for research was a great benefit. It allowed me to put a foot in the door and start working on a project that is both 'mathematical' and topical (statistical aspects of investment risk measurement), but which I would have found nearly impossible to make time for if it was not for the secondment. Although we can always approach colleagues from other departments, being part of IMI gives an extra benefit of physical proximity, which helps to find good people to talk to about your research ideas and challenges.”


Become an IMI Secondee

For an informal discussion about being seconded to the IMI, please please email us at or call us on telephone 01225 383404.

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