Research Fellow - WM-Air Project - Birmingham Business School - 95795 - Grade 7

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Apr 11, 2021
Apr 14, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

College of Social 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 a year.

Grade 7

Full Time

Fixed Term Contract for approx 30 months

Closing Date - 17 February 2021

Applications are sought from enthusiastic individuals to join the NERC funded WM-AIR project. This post provides a unique opportunity to plan and deliver research into the wider social and economic impacts of air quality on the West Midlands including estimating and predicting impacts and developing approaches to inform policy.

The post holder will work closely with a multidisciplinary research team to explore air quality and the economic impacts of potential policy measures in the West Midlands. Applicants should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in one of the principal social science disciplines (environmental or resource economics, regional science, regional economics, economic sociology, economic geography) and be interested in working in an interdisciplinary research team. Applicants should be able to work with a broad range of economic, environmental and social information for quantitative analysis and have a broad understanding of environmental issues. The posts require strong analytical skills and the ability to clearly communicate complex information orally and in writing.


To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities as part of the NERC funded WM-AIR project which focus on improving air quality across the West Midlands.

Summary of Role

Work to deliver Strand 5 of the WM-AIR project that focusses on developing an integrated approach to air quality and economic impatcs in support of investment decisions.

Operate within area of specialism

Analyse and interpret research findings and results and working to develop outputs that will shape and impact on policy

Contribute to generating funding

Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

Work with the WM-AIR project team to develop and deliver Strand 5 with the focus being on research and related activities that will impact on economic development activities across the West Midlands.

Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required

Contribute to writing bids for research funding

Identify, collect, analyse and interpret data that contributes to understanding the economic and social impacts of air quality across the West Midlands

Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding

Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc

Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline

Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods

Undertake management/administration arising from research

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

Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews *

Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters *

Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research

Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification
  • First degree in area of specialism (economic geography, applied economics science, environmental or resource economics) and normally, a higher degree relevant to research area (or near to completion) or equivalent qualifications
  • High level analytical capability including micro, macro econometrics
  • Understanding of environmental issues
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly including an ablity to work with policy makers. WM-AIR is intended to create research outcomes that will generate impacts and this post requires an ability to work with policy makers
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones including working with policy makers and other end-users
  • An ability work with a broad range of economic, environmental and social information for quantitative analysis
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Ideally, must have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary research environment and ideally of working in a research team environment.

For further information please contact Prof John Bryson, or telephone 0121 4145549

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community '

Valuing excellence; sustaining investment

Previous applicants need not reapply

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