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GCARE Research Fellows in Air Pollution Control (Two positions)

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £30,688 to £37,706 per annum plus benefits
Fixed Term Contract until 31/08/2019
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Monday 04 June 2018
Closing Date:  Sunday 08 July 2018
Interview Date:  Tuesday 17 July 2018
Reference:  042918

Applications are invited from enthusiastic and talented individuals at post-doctorate research level to work at the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE;, University of Surrey, UK, under the supervision of Professor Prashant Kumar. GCARE is a multidisciplinary centre, researching in areas of air pollution, air-climate interactions, built and natural environments in the context of cities, megacities and rural areas, with an aim to develop engineering driven solutions and regulatory strategies for mitigation of environmental risks by means of advanced measurements and modelling techniques. The GCARE’s research projects are funded by the RCUK (e.g., EPSRC, NERC, ESRC), numerous national and international funding bodies (e.g., QNRF, EU H2020, British Council, UKIERI) and the industry.

The appointee will primarily work on iSCAPE (Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe) project. H/She will also partly contribute to new/existing projects (e.g., EU H2020 OPERANDUM; NERC ASAP-Delhi), dissemination of GCARE’s research activities nationally and internationally, and help support writing new grant applications.

We are looking for researchers with a PhD degree (or who will receive a Ph.D. degree by 1 July 2018) in the fields of civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental, computer or transportation engineering/science or related disciplines. You will be expected to participate in field experimental campaigns for evaluation of air pollution control interventions and simulating effects of green infrastructural solutions on air quality at the neighbourhoodscale. You will also be expected to 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 prepare best practise guidelines. Knowledge of numerical/dispersion modelling tools (e.g., ADMS/CFD), health impact assessment and mapping (e.g., GIS modelling), advanced statistical analysis packages (e.g., R, MatLab, C++), green infrastructure mapping/modelling or computer programming (e.g., FORTRAN, Python) are desirable. You will work in a team of GCARE researchers and European project partners and therefore may need to make short stays to partner institutions for the collaborative research activities.

The candidate should be motivated and enthusiastic to work in a multidisciplinary environment and must have experience of communicating findings in top-ranked journals. We also ask for good written and spoken English language skills, and preferably with a UK/EU/International driving licence.

Two full-time positions available until 31st August 2019 with the possibility of extension. Salary offered will be dependent on experience and qualifications.

Information and application

Please make an online application, including:

(i)  a maximum of 2 Page curriculum vitae (including your educational details with grades obtained and mapping of your skills against the profile and responsibilities of the job),

(ii)  a separate list of journal and conference publications in maximum 1 page (including a description of two of your best publications, within 100 words for each paper, highlighting scientific breakthroughs and skills used/developed), and

(iii)  two references, including one from your PhD advisor, if possible,

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Prashant Kumar at or by telephone, +44 (0)1483 682762.  Please apply online.

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).

Further details:

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

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