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Research Associate in Air Pollution Measurement and Analysis

School of Public Health

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £41,593 - £49,210
  • REF: MED02890
  • Closes: 16th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

The Environmental Research Group (ERG) , lead by Prof. Frank Kelly, is a world leader in air pollution science, combining air pollution measurement and modelling with toxicology and epidemiology to determine the impacts of air pollution on health and the causal factors.

We are looking to appoint an individual with a strong background in the science and measurements of aerosols and/or gases, and knowledge of data analysis techniques and software applied to extract information about sources and atmospheric processes. You will work as part of the Aerosol Science Team across a variety of projects covering indoor and ambient environments using equipment ranging from small sensors to high time resolution chemical speciation instrumentation. You will also work closely with other post-doctoral fellows and research associates in the team as well as with researchers both within ERG and external groups such as the National Physical Laboratory and the wider academic community.

Duties and responsibilities

    • Undertake calibration and basic maintenance of measurement instrumentation.


    • Undertake laboratory analysis of atmospheric samples for physical and chemical properties using established standard operating procedures.


    • Develop standard operating procedures and risk assessments in collaboration with other researchers in the Aerosol Science Team.


    • Work with members of the Aerosol Science Team to refine protocols and to be responsible for ensuring that the research components of the projects are carried out in a timely and effective way


    • Maintain accurate and complete research records


    • Support the scientific interpretation of results and their dissemination. You would be expected to contribute to the writing of papers and will be encouraged to present findings at internal and external meetings


  • You are expected to work with a high level of focus to ensure the accuracy and precision required in research

Essential requirements

    • PhD in Chemistry, biology, environmental, physics, engineering or similar


    • Knowledge and experience in atmospheric science or another closely related discipline


    • Strong skills with commonly used programming (e.g. R) and use of statistical tools and approaches


    • Demonstrated ability to interact with other academics and sponsors


    • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people


  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication

Further information

This is a full-time position, fixed term until 31 January 2025.

The post will be based at ERG’s brand-new office at Sir Michael Uren Hub (White City North campus) but may involve work at other campuses and specific ERG monitoring sites.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact Dr David Green – d.green@imperial.ac.uk

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, at the appropriate level, will be required for the successful candidate.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published.For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research /

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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