Join the IMI as an internal secondee

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

Dedicated time for your research

Research staff at Bath can apply to be seconded to the IMI for a day a week during an academic semester.


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 (subject to availability)
  • 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.


A flexible academic programme

Our secondment scheme can accommodate individual academic needs and is open to researchers from all University departments.


Permanent academic staff from every department at the University can apply to be seconded to the IMI, and the programme is open to all - from early career researchers 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.

We aim to keep the scheme as flexible as possible to accommodate individual academic objectives and needs so please do get in touch if you'd like to discuss your secondment project ideas before applying.


IMI Secondees 2018/19

Our current cohort of IMI secondees are working on research projects which span the modelling of black holes to networks in refugee camps.


Name Department Secondment project title
Professor David Coley Architecture & Civil Engineering Networks in refugee camps
Dr Begoña Delgado-Charro Pharmacy & Pharmacology Development of a compartmental skin model to predict local bioavailability of actives in complex dermatological products
Dr Richard James Physics Transmission trees from biological data
Professor Marcelle McManus Mechanical Engineering Spatial and temporal impact assessment: Creating a dynamic life cycle assessment model
Dr Carolin Villforth Physics Modelling black hole accretion variability
Dr Kit Yates Mathematical Sciences The maths of life and death

'I am seeking to develop a mathematical model that can accurately determine the environmental impacts of products and services throughout their lifetime; both instantaneously and cumulatively, by using a life cycle assessment. I wouldn’t be able to do this work without IMI's help.'

Professor Marcelle McManus, Department of Mechanical Engineering

How to apply

You can apply to join the IMI between January and March each year. If you have any questions about the IMI Secondment Programme, please email or call us.