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[Met-jobs] Air Quality Supersite Researcher / Technician - University of Birmingham, UK

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:42:57 +0000

Air Quality Supersite Researcher [Senior Technician]
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences - University of Birmingham

Job reference: 81874      Closing Date: 11 Sept 2019
Fixed Term for 30 months; Grade 6 (Research Associate)
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, innovative and self-motivated researcher (senior technician) to operate the newly commissioned Birmingham Air Quality Supersite (BAQS), and contribute to the analysis of measurement data. 

Through the NERC research project Integrated Research Observation System for Clean Air, the Universities of Birmingham has established a new Air Quality Supersite, containing a range of state-of-the-science instruments to measure gaseous and particulate air pollutants and associated meteorological parameters.  Instruments at BAQS include conventional gas monitors (NOx, O3, SO2, CO, CO2 etc), aerosol mass spectrometer (ACSM), aethalometer, SMPS and other PM instruments and meteorological measurements.

The main duties will include
-Operation of the measurement instruments (including calibration, maintenance, trouble-shooting and liaison with external suppliers / external service support as appropriate)
-Monitoring & interpretation of the observed pollution levels to both "sense check" the data, and update external partners as appropriate
-Processing and quality control of the measurements, and ensuring data are fed through to the project websites and repository
-Contributing to science analysis of the measurements, to identify trends in air pollutants, analysis of pollution episodes, responses to new local/national policies, and to quantify known and emerging pollution sources.

The researcher will work within a large group of technical staff, PhD students and research fellows contributing to a range of related projects involving air pollution and atmospheric chemistry, notably including WM-Air, the West Midlands Air Pollution project, which delivers clean air science in support of regional policies to improve air quality and health.  They will also have a small involvement with air quality monitoring at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) FACE facility in Staffordshire. 

The successful candidate will have a good degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) area, or equivalent qualifications, with good time management, interpersonal and communication skills.  Experience in the operation of relevant laboratory or field measurement equipment is required; experience with air pollution measurements and in the (spreadsheet) analysis of numerical data is desirable. 

We expect interviews will be held on Fri 4th Oct.  Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Prof William Bloss ( or Dr Louisa Kramer (  For full details and to apply online (including a full CV and covering letter) please visit

Closing Date: 11 Sept 2019.

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