Imperial College London Job Application

Onlie Job Application Process

You can get the chance to work at Imperial College London by applying online. Below, you can find the detailed information about the hiring process of Imperial College London which offers entry-level and managerial positions.

Introducing Imperial

A community of problem-solvers dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges
Imperial College London is a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines.

Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.

Our People

Generations of Imperial staff, alumni and students have changed the world with cutting-edge innovations; from the discovery of penicillin to the world’s first invisibility cloak. Recognition of this ground-breaking work has come in the form of 14 Nobel Prizes, 81 Fellowships from the Academy of Medical Sciences, 77 from the Royal Academy of Engineering and 73 from the Royal Society.

Our Work

Imperial brings together intersecting disciplines, industries and sectors across four major areas to further our understanding of the natural world, solve major engineering problems, lead the data science revolution and improve health and well-being. Emerging areas of research include the development of low-carbon technologies, stem cell therapy for stroke and how to turn light into matter.


Benefits summary

Find out about our range of benefits, including College pension schemes, family support and discounts with popular retailers.

As a member of Imperial College staff you receive a competitive salary and package of attractive terms and conditions of service. We also offer you a great range of optional benefits which we hope you will take advantage of.

Imperial Expectations

Imperial Expectations guides the behaviour of all our staff. The seven statements shape the working lives of all of us.

They show how we respect and support each other in achieving personal goals and the College’s strategic objectives. They directly impact on what it feels like to work at Imperial and they are a public statement for attracting new staff.

Health and wellbeing

“Imperial College London has talented staff members who put their full energy and passion into their work and are committed to excellence. Our collective strength is central to fulfilling our mission.

In our College Strategy we recognise the importance of the wellbeing of all of our people and we are actively promoting good mental health and a healthy work-life balance.”

Career programmes

Graduate schemes

Management and finance training schemes for graduates. Give your career a head start.


A four year training programme designed to train the future technicians that will work in our world-class workshops and laboratories.

Temporary staff bank

Register your interest for casual work.

PhD vacancies

A list of studentship opportunities available at Imperial.

Search for a job

You can access job vacancies via JobsLive, (Imperial Careers Service’s online jobs/appointments and event system) by industry sector, location, and job role. Many opportunities from employers are specifically targeting Imperial College students and graduates.

We also organise a series of careers events targeting the recruitment of students. These include careers fairs, employer presentations, careers talks and subsequent interviews at College. You can book for events and see up to date information on JobsLive and visit the Careers service to collect a copy of Career Choice, a Careers publication which lists the upcoming events for the academic year.

Job search starting points

  • Download the Careers Service handout on Job hunting [pdf]
  • Often roles are in the hidden job market and will require speculative application; the first step in looking for roles here requires researching companies that interest you. Read our pages on how to research companies for more ideas
  • Browse the Graduate Prospects: Employer Profiles to get an overview of over a hundred graduate employers
  • Collect free directories from the Careers Service containing information on a range of sectors and giving details about the company and of entry requirements. This information is also available online on the directory websites such as Target, Inside Careers and Graduate Prospects
  • Explore the occupational profiles on the Graduate Prospects website, which list sources of vacancies. Further information can be found in Occupational files in the Careers Service
  • You can also look at industry specific websites, periodicals and directories such as efinancial Careers

Graduate and PhD opportunities

Many Imperial graduates join graduate schemes. These are structured training programmes, often within large corporations. You’ll usually be part of a large intake with considerable support in place from the organisation and your fellow recruits. Closing dates can be ongoing throughout the year, but many are as early as November of your final year.

Other graduates start their career in specific jobs, often with small or medium sized organisations. Vacancies may be advertised throughout the year and in many cases employers will expect you will be able to join them within a month or two of your application.

Undergraduate opportunities

Many undergraduates choose to undertake internships in their summer vacations and some departments offer placements as part of the course. With larger companies, formal internships are usually offered in the student’s penultimate year. Some graduates and PhD students also choose to undertake internships in order to gain industry experience or test-drive a career.

Certain employers offer insights programmes for earlier year groups. These usually take place in spring, hence also being known as ‘spring weeks’. Often deadlines for internship and insight opportunities are similar to those for graduate schemes, so be sure to research these as early as possible.

Speculative applications

A speculative application is one which is made to an employer where a job is not advertised but you want to enquire if there is a potential job or internship.

You might want to use the speculative approach, for example, if you are hoping to find a job within a very specific industry sector or technology and had heard about a company who are currently having significant impact in this area.

Not all jobs are advertised and there is a so-called ‘hidden’ job market which you may wish to explore to enhance your chances of securing employment. Speculative approaches can also be made as part of the networking process. You can find out more about this process, through which you can develop personal contacts and enhance your knowledge of career opportunities, by reading our networking webpage and viewing our Quick Guide to Networking. The making speculative applications page on TARGETjobs is also a useful source of advice.

Speculative CV

As part of a speculative approach to an employer, you should send a version of your CV tailored to the kind of role that you are seeking within their company. Although it may be tempting, you shouldn’t use a ‘blanket approach’ and send the same CV to lots of different employers. What skills, abilities, and experience do you have that you could bring to that particular employer’s team, which are specifically required in their line of work? This should form your main focus when writing a speculative CV.

Speculative cover letter

When proactively approaching an employer to discover opportunities which have not been advertised, you should always include a cover letter with any CV you send to an employer. You should make sure that you can concisely convey your interest in working for their organisation, the skillset and experience you have that is relevant to the opportunities you are seeking, as well as indicating the degree of flexibility you have – for example, whether you’re looking for full-time, part-time, or work shadowing opportunities.

Hidden job market

The ‘hidden’ job market describes those vacancies which employers don’t advertise yet still want to fill. Advertising a job can be costly and might generate many applications which can be time consuming to process. Some job sectors are so popular that the employer may receive enough speculative applications to fill any position. It is estimated that as much as 75% of posts for jobs generally are filled though the hidden job market.

Imperial College London Application Form/PDF

You can check whether there is printable application form available for Imperial College London and you can download it if there is one. You can either submit the application form in person or you can send it via email.

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