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[Met-jobs] PhD Opportunity at Lancaster University Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

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Date Tue, 4 Oct 2016 10:33:45 +0000

PhD Opportunity at Lancaster University

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is an international alliance, launched in 
2012, that supports university-business collaboration. We are advertising a 
three-year industry-led funded PhD position on monitoring indoor air pollution 
(ref. CGE 38), supervised by Dr Duncan Whyatt and NAQTS Ltd, to start by 
January 2017. The application deadline for this position has been extended to 
Sunday 16 October, and a summary of the project is provided below, with full 
application details available at:

Understanding indoor air pollution using state-of-the-art integrated 
multi-pollutant air quality monitoring equipment

Air pollution is a global threat with an estimated 7 million people dying 
prematurely from exposure to both indoor and outdoor air pollution every year. 
The nascent research area of indoor air pollution is particularly important to 
quantifying total exposure to air pollution, as the average person spends more 
than 90% of their time indoors. Modern buildings are considered particularly 
problematic because of the use of more energy-efficient construction, poorly 
designed heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and space design.

This project will generate an extensive database (1500-2500 monitoring days 
covering 10-15 commercial buildings and 30-50 residential buildings) of indoor 
air pollutants using state-of-the-art automatic sampling equipment. This 
provides real-time measurements of all pollutants that have been defined as 
potential health risks including ultrafine particles, nitrogen dioxide, and 
carbon dioxide (see for more information). The resulting database 
will provide significant insight into indoor levels of air pollution and their 
likely sources and supplement current understanding of associated adverse 
health effects. The database will be augmented with data on the characteristics 
of individual buildings and used to generate models to assist building design 
under the constraint of good indoor air quality.

The applicant should, as a minimum, hold a 2:1 in Environmental Science or a 
similar discipline. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and 
National Air Quality Testing Services Limited. NAQTS is a social business that 
seeks to improve awareness of indoor air quality through widespread public and 
commercial monitoring. The arising high-quality database will supplement our 
current understanding of the health effects of indoor air pollution, as well as 
facilitate academic discussion and public policy development.

Carolyn Hayes

Administration and Graduate Placement Manager, Centre for Global Eco-Innovation
Lancaster Environment Centre, A11 Gordon Manley Building, Lancaster University, 
+44 (0)1524 510586

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