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Join the IMI as an internal secondee

Work on a research project, explore new industrial contacts or collaborate with our applied mathematicians.

Develop your interdisciplinary research

Research and teaching staff at Bath can apply for a part-time secondment to the IMI.


The IMI Secondment Scheme is a unique opportunity for you to:

  • advance your current research or develop a research project proposal
  • access the expertise of IMI's Commercial Research Associates
  • develop collaborations with external partners

Your IMI secondment work has to involve an element of mathematics, statistics or data science, and you will receive an award of £5,000 from us to support your research activities.

Secondment research projects

Hear academic colleagues talk about their IMI secondment projects.


Mathematical sciences support for your research

A powerful tool for progressing research in all academic disciplines.


Your secondment project can involve spending time working with our Commercial Research Associates (CRAs).

Our PhD qualified mathematicians are highly versatile and experienced in working with colleagues from other academic disciplines. Their areas of expertise cover all aspects of statistical analysis, applied mathematics and machine learning.

Your secondment award can be used to cover the cost of working with a CRA for a period of up to four weeks.

If you would like to work our CRAs then please discuss your secondment project idea with one of our postdoctoral researchers before applying.


A flexible academic scheme

Open to researchers from all University departments and designed to accommodate individual academic needs.


Staff in the Education and Research job family from all departments at the University can apply to be seconded to the IMI. The job family includes everyone from early career researchers and teaching fellows through to professors.

We specifically encourage applications from academics wishing to collaborate across departments or with external partners. You can either apply for a sole secondment to the IMI or a joint secondment with a colleague.

IMI secondments are part-time. Academic staff typically work on their secondment project one day per week during a semester, but you can also choose to do your secondment over a shorter period of time.

We can accommodate individual academic objectives and needs, so please do get in touch if you'd like to discuss your secondment project before applying.


IMI Secondees 2019/20

Our current cohort of IMI secondees are working on research projects which span the mapping of brain networks to developing machine learning controls for wave energy converters.


Name Secondment project title Department
Professor Hilde Coffe Careers of Members of Parliament in mixed member proportional electoral systems Politics, Languages & International Studies
Dr Chris Ashwin and Dr Sandipan Roy Fuzzy cognitive mapping of large-scale brain networks Psychology and Mathematical Sciences
Dr Andrew Hillis Machine learning for improved modelling and control of wave energy converters Mechanical Engineering
Dr Esther Walton Methylation complex trait analysis in ADHD Psychology
Professor Robert Kelsh Modelling multipotency – fate specification from multipotent progenitors Biology & Biochemistry
Dr Antonio De Paola Optimal control of stochastic hybrid systems for coordination of ON-OFF appliances in the smart grid Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Professor Philip Salmon Persistent homology in materials informatics Physics
Professor Martyn Standage The role of 24-hour movement behaviours in health and wellness: Implications for governmental activity guidelines and behaviour change interventions Health

'My secondment allowed much better exploitation of the data generated from experimental work.

The interaction with the CRA was excellent, and her work gave new momentum to the modelling work of the grant project.'

Dr Begona Delgado-Charro, Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

Apply for an IMI secondment

Applications are currently closed The scheme will reopen for applications in early 2021.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the IMI Secondment Programme, please email or call us.