Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Air Pollution Modelling

Project: Particulate Matter from Diesel Vehicles: Assessment of Emissions and
Population Exposure in Dublin, Ireland.

The Schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin are seeking applications for a fully funded 1-year postdoctoral position. Suitably qualified candidates will hold a PhD in the following fields: air pollution science; exposure assessment; environmental science or engineering. A strong primary or master's degree in any of the aforementioned fields is also a desirable attribute for this position and demonstrated skills in air pollution modelling and monitoring are a prerequisite.

The successful candidate will join a team to conduct research on the assessment of the impact of diesel road vehicles on population exposure to fine particulate matter on Dublin, Ireland. The work will include:

  • collection of particulate matter samples in the field;
  • modelling of air pollution emissions and exposure in the population;
  • health impact assessment;
  • carrying out a detailed literature review of diesel emissions and exposure;
  • dissemination, promotion, reporting and administrative activities connected with completion of the projects deliverables.

The position is embedded into a larger project with the aim of: i) estimating the proportion of PM2.5 that can be attributed to diesel vehicles in urban environments; ii) determining the exposure of the population to such emissions; and iii) informing policy and developing solutions to protect public health and the environment.

The project addresses a key challenge, investigating the environmental and health impacts of diesel vehicles in the road transport sector. In Ireland and in Europe as a whole, recent years have seen a rapid growth in the number of private diesel passenger vehicles due to lower fuel prices and government incentives connected with reducing CO2 emissions and climate change. While modern diesel vehicles emit slightly less CO2 than their petrol counterparts, they also emit considerably larger amounts of pollutants such as PM and NOx, which are damaging to human health. In addition, the incentivisation of diesel vehicles is further complicated by the recent controversy surrounding stated emissions rate and actual on-road emission rates in some vehicles. Thus there is a pressing need to assess the magnitude of the environmental challenge posed by diesel emissions of particulate matter and a need to develop solutions to protect the population against these.

This is a 1 year project, funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency through the STRIVE Programme. The project is also aligned with the strategic research priorities of Trinity College Dublin under the E3 initiative (Energy, Engineering & the Environment) and the Smart and Sustainable Planet theme.

Salary for the project will be provided at 37,750 per annum for a period of 12 months. The preferable start date for the project is April 1st 2016 and current closing date for applications is the 3rd January 2017. Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and covering letter by email to or to the postal address below. Informal inquiries can also be directed to:

Dr. Aonghus McNabola
Dept of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering,
Trinity College Dublin,

posted: 19 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.