Clean Air Interdisciplinary Research Fellow - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Jan 11, 2021
Feb 10, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322, with potential progression once in post to £42,792

Grade 7

Full Time FTC up to 6 months (31/7/2021)

Closing date 3 January 2021


We are recruiting a Clean Air Interdisciplinary Research Fellow to support a portfolio of Clean Air research across the University. This is an exciting opportunity to shape a new research agenda on Clean Air.

The University of Birmingham has established a Clean Air research theme within its interdisciplinary Institute for Global Innovation (IGI), to support interdisciplinary research spanning technical / medical / social science / policy activities - for more details please see :

Within this framework, we are funding a range of new initiatives, ranging from measurement of air pollution and analysis of health impacts, through to economic assessments of clean air benefits and supporting the generation of relevant policy recommendations/briefs. This role will contribute to shaping this Clean Air research agenda, and support a portfolio of projects - offering a genuine breadth of activity, working with expert PIs and project teams in different areas.

Current activity ranges from assessment of air quality impacts and health inequalities related to Covid-19 lockdown, through to assessing indoor air quality and inequalities in air pollution exposure, to the impact of Brexit on laws / policies regulating air pollution. In the near future, public and policy engagement opportunities related to new University developments in Birmingham city centre, and COP-26 / the UK Environment Bill, are anticipated.

Accordingly, we are looking for candidates seeking a breadth of experience, who may be moving from a previous subject-specific role, and who can offer relevant background and strong transferrable skills.

The research fellow will spend their time typically on 2 projects at any point in time, working with PIs and subject specialists from across the University, with their duties coordinated by the Clean Air theme leads (William Bloss, Suzanne Bartington). They will also work closely with research fellows within other IGI themes such as Water and Resilient Cities.

Job Summary

Working within the overall objectives of the IGI Clean Air theme, the research fellow will support projects spanning the University funded through the IGI initiative. They will be line managed and their duties coordinated by the Clean Air theme leads, William Bloss and Suzanne Bartington, but will work with individual PIs / project teams on specific projects. A portion of their time will also support theme-wide activities and events.

Main Duties
  • Work on a range of IGI Clean Air case study projects, as suits the candidates specific research expertise and project portfolio
  • Develop and maintain existing and new theme relationships.
  • In consultation with the project leads and theme leads as appropriate, decide on the most appropriate way of undertaking specified activities.
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate clean-air related projects and case studies.
  • Work closely with external partners to understand their needs and work to identify, prioritise and lead mutually-beneficial collaborative activities
  • Inform reviews / commentary on external (e.g. consultant) strategies in the Air Quality / Climate area.
  • Disseminate and translate knowledge in a way that external stakeholders, policy makers and general public can understand.
  • Prepare reports, publications, and other dissemination materials as required.
  • Present impact outcomes to national and international audiences.

The responsibilities may also include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below:
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Undertake management/administration arising from the project
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Supervise students on related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the project
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of objectives and deadlines

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) 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).
  • An ability to generate and communicate technical and non-technical impact.
  • An ability to disseminate the project deliverables at meetings, conferences and/or through reports and publications.
  • An understanding of, and an ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.

Informal enquires to William Bloss, email:

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