Research Fellow in Air Pollution

Delhi is one of the world's most polluted cities, with millions of inhabitants experiencing air pollution which substantially exceeds national and international standards. Research to identify sources and process responsible for poor air quality in Delhi is urgently needed, to support the development of efficient policies reduce pollution levels and improve human and environmental health. The UK Natural Environment Research Council, in collaboration with Indian funders, have developed the research programme "Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in an Indian Megacity (APHH-India)" with a view to generating both a better understanding of the air pollution phenomena in Delhi and surrounding areas and the options for mitigation. The University of Birmingham leads the "An Integrated Study of Air Pollutant Sources in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR): ASAP-Delhi" project within this programme; ASAP-Delhi will support a range of measurement and modelling activities conducted by the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in the UK, and by the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and National Physical Laboratory in Delhi.

Applications are invited for a 36 month Postdoctoral Research Fellow post at Birmingham, to participate in field measurement campaigns in Delhi, and to carry out offline physical and chemical analyses of airborne particles collected using a number of analytical approaches such as Nanoscale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer, Transmission Electron Microscope and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer. The offline data will be integrated with other online and semi-online analyses (e.g., size distribution, metal, isotope and Aerosol Mass Spectrometer data) to understand the sources of PM2.5 and the formation mechanisms of haze particles under different atmospheric conditions (e.g., winter vs. summer, fog vs. non-fog).

The applicant will join the air pollution / atmospheric chemistry research group at the University of Birmingham, with field, laboratory and model activity ranging from source and emissions measurements to model and experimental studies of vegetation - climate interaction. They will have the opportunity to interact with the wider group, and to contribute to PhD and Masters student supervision For more information see :

Applicants should have a first degree in a science discipline and PhD degree in atmospheric chemistry, preferably involving trace chemical analysis. The postholder will work closely with the wider ASAP-Delhi team as well as other UK and Indian participants of the APHH-India programme, including participation in field campaigns and associated visits to India. The post will start in Autumn 2017.

Informal enquiries should be directed to: Dr. Zongbo Shi ( and Professor William Bloss (

To apply, please see Vacancy number 56884 :

Applications must be submitted via the online system; please enclose a full CV and covering letter with your application. Closing Date 7th May 2017.

posted: 19 April 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.