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[Met-jobs] Research Fellow - Clean Air Impacts (Commonwealth Games), University of Birmingham

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Research Fellow - Clean Air Impacts (Commonwealth Games)

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences


Location: Birmingham

Salary:   £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792 (Grade 7)

Hours:   Full Time

Contract Type:  Fixed-Term/Contract

Placed On: 6th March 2020

Closes:  5th April 2020

Job Ref:   95821

Full time/FTC for up to 3 years

Interviews are scheduled for 29th April 2020


The NERC research project WM-Air (“Clean Air Science for the West Midlands”) is a £5m, five-year programme of activities to apply environmental science expertise to improve air quality and health across the West Midlands.  Activities within WM-Air include new measurements of air pollutant levels and sources, real-world vehicle emissions, development of new model capability to predict future air quality, health and economic impacts, predicting air quality responses to policy changes, and the use of green infrastructure.


A core part of WM-Air is case studies to apply our science to specific issues, working in collaboration with external stakeholders ranging from local authorities to SMEs, through a cohort of ‘Impact’ Research Fellows.  Here, we are seeking to recruit an Impact Fellow for a three-year period, to work on a range of WM-Air related impact projects with project partners, including a significant role with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and self-motivated person, with excellent communication and organisational skills.  You will have a background in air pollution / atmospheric science, from research, consultancy or practice, and the ability to exploit the WM-Air and wider University of Birmingham science expertise, and apply and communicate this with external organisations in the context of their interests.  You will not be an expert in all areas of air quality / health – but will be able to effectively draw upon and leverage the expertise in the wider WM-Air team and translate this to partner interests.  The role will span technical, scientific aspects to providing strategic/policy advice across the region.


Main duties

The successful candidate will work with the WM-Air team and external stakeholders to translate science into measurable impact (i.e. to inform relevant strategies, decisions, plans and activities). One focus of this role is on ‘clean air’ initiatives directly linked to the CWG, which will be held in Birmingham in 2022. The remainder of the role will comprise a portfolio of case-studies applying clean air science with external partners.  The Impact Fellow will work under the overall direction of William Bloss (WM-Air PI) and the WM-Air project manager, with project-specific direction coming from individual PIs for specific case studies, alongside external partners (including the CWG Sustainability and Legacy Manager).


Person Specification

·         Enthusiastic and innovative approach to air quality related work

·         Relevant air quality / health science expertise – typically a higher academic qualification (e.g. PhD or near completion) and/or equivalent professional experience

·         Ability to translate science into policy and application with measureable impact as required by external stakeholders and partners, and take initiative to identify new opportunities

·         Excellent interpersonal skills, including very strong communication, explanation skills

·         Able to develop good rapport with internal team members and external partners.

·         Able to manage own time and prioritise to meet deadlines, and to co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort.

·         Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively (including people, time, money and equipment).


For informal enquiries please contact Professor William Bloss, or telephone 0121 414 4173.


For the full job description and to apply for this job visit



Dr Catherine L. Muller FRMetS

Project Manager



Clean Air Science for the West Midlands


School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences

University of Birmingham



B15 2TT

0121 4142248





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