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[Met-jobs] Impact research fellow - vehicle pollutant emissions - opportunity at University of Birmingham

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Date Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:33:17 +0000

Impact Research Fellow – Vehicle pollutant emissions

School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

48 Months fixed term


An enthusiastic, innovative and self-motivated person is sought for the position of Impact Research Fellow to work on the “West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme” (WM-Air) funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).   WM-Air is a project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as part of their Regional Impact of Science of the Environment (RISE) scheme.  The NERC RISE scheme supports the application of existing environmental science expertise to deliver regional impact - in societal, economic and policy terms.  WM-Air was co-designed in collaboration with over 20 partners ranging from the Combined Authority and Local Authorities to private sector companies and industry bodies, with a geographical focus upon the WMCA region. The NERC funding will support staff, measurements, modelling activities and the development of predictive tools to enhance air quality policy and prediction.  The project runs for a five-year period from early 2019.


The successful candidate will work with Professor Francis Pope and other project team members to support the ‘sources and vehicle emissions’ strand of the WM-Air project.  The strand combines several distinct components. Firstly it will deploy the EDAR (Emissions Detection and Reporting) remote sensing device to measure vehicle-by-vehicle exhaust emissions, details of the device can be found in Ropkins et al. (2017).


Ropkins, R., T. H. DeFries, F. D. Pope, D. C. Green, J. Kemper, S. Kishan, G. W. Fuller, H. Li, J. Sidebottom, L. R. Crilley, L. Kramer, W. J. Bloss, J. S. Hager (2017) ‘Evaluation of EDAR vehicle emissions remote sensing technology’. Science of the Total Environment, 609, 1464-1474


The strand will also involve the use of telematics data of vehicle position, speed and acceleration. The combination of remote sensing and telematics will allow for bespoke emission factors to be developed.


The successful candidate will have a good first undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) area.  They will also have a doctorate in a field related to measurement or modelling of vehicle pollutant emissions.   Extensive experience of analysis of large data sets is required. The candidate needs to be able to deliver significant policy impact through the evaluation of clean air zones and improving the accuracy of emission predictions, which consider driver behaviour factors


Given the collaborative nature of the project, excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required as well as the ability to meet deadlines, prepare publications, and work effectively with other members of the team.  The successful applicant will contribute to the impact profile of the team through the dissemination of the project’s deliverables in meetings and/or through reports and publications.


The position is available for a period of 48 months.  Informal enquiries are very welcome and should be directed to Professor Francis Pope (


The closing date is 03/02/2019

For more details and to apply -





Francis Pope

Professor of Atmospheric Science

Programme lead for Environmental Sciences

Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) Interdisciplinary Fellow in Atmospheric Science


Room 134 Geography Building

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK.


Tel. (+44) 0121 4149067


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