GCARE's Research Fellow in Passive Air Pollution Control

University of Surrey - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Applications are invited from enthusiastic and talented individuals at post-doctorate research level to work an exciting Horizon 2020 funded consortium project, iSCAPE (Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe).

The position is available until 31 August 2019 in the area of air quality monitoring and modelling, low-cost pollution sensing and passive air pollution control through green infrastructure. The work will be undertaken at the University of Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) in the UK under the supervision of Professor Prashant Kumar.

The iSCAPE project is funded under the “Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges” scheme. It will see next-generation environmental living labs deployed in cities across Europe to improve air quality and reduce carbon footprints. The project aims to integrate and advance the control of air quality and carbon emissions in several European cities. The aim of the project is to develop sustainable and passive air pollution remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change initiatives. The overall goal of iSCAPE project is to support sustainable urban development by promoting the sharing of results with policy-makers and planners using local test-cases, and providing scientific evidence ready-to-use solutions.

As a part of this project, we offer a very challenging full-time position in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. You will be working in a team of researchers in the UK and European project partners and therefore may need to make short stays to partner institutions for the collaborative research activities. You will primarily be based at the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), which is hosted within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey (UK) as a part of Professor Kumar’s research group.

You will be responsible for planning, designing and performing the field experimental campaigns for evaluation of air pollution control interventions and simulating effects of green infrastructural solutions on air quality at neighbourhood scale. You will also be responsible for assessing air pollution sensor technologies and citizen involvement in the living labs context, together with assessment for matching city needs to adequate passive air pollution control solutions at neighbourhood scale and develop generalised measures for urban infrastructure and related decision makes.

We are looking for a researcher with a Ph.D. degree (or who will receive a Ph.D. degree by 1 September 2017 at the latest) in the fields of civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental or transportation engineering/science or related engineering/science disciplines. You should have sufficient background knowledge for planning, designing and performing the field experimental campaigns for assessing pollution reduction potential of passive air pollution measures (e.g. green infrastructure), besides relevant exposure and dispersion modelling activities. You should have expertise in handling air pollution instruments, data collection methods, and its subsequent analysis and interpretation using advanced statistical tools.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Prashant Kumar at p.kumar@surrey.ac.uk or by telephone, +44 (0)1483 682762.

For further information, and to apply, please visit https://jobs.surrey.ac.uk.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604).

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