Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Air Quality (Hoffmann Fellowship)

Imperial College London

Job description
Job summary

This two-year Fellowship will focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in the area of air quality, with the aim of leveraging digital technologies and data to improve air quality information and actions in urban areas around the world. 

The André Hoffmann Fellowship for the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers early-career academics the opportunity to work at the intersection of society, science and technology through a joint appointment between the World Economic Forum and Imperial College London.  In general, Hoffmann Fellows are at the earliest stages of their academic career.

The programme aims to open opportunities for candidates from underrepresented groups and institutions and actively encourages applications from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Lower Middle Income Countries (LMICs) to apply for the role.

The fellow will be part of the College’s Network on Excellence on Air Quality (NExAir) ; whichcollaborates across disciplines to deliver new insights and identify the next big frontiers in air quality research.

More broadly, the post-holder will be part of the College’s Centre for Environmental Policy. CEP focuses on environmental and development issues, including energy, pollution, conservation and management of biodiversity and natural resources, food and health security and poverty reduction.

Duties and responsibilities

You will:

  • Take stock of existing approaches to generating air quality data in local regions.
  • Identify opportunities for promoting technologies and solutions that improves local understanding of air pollution.
  • Identify opportunities to improve air quality information collection and dissemination among decisionmakers and with the local community.
  • Identify actions that partnering stakeholders could take to promote and realize these opportunities.
  • Define project deliverables that contribute to the local region’s efforts to improve air quality.
  • Create and facilitate the convening of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Clean Air and other experts to share best practices, experience, and expertise.

Essential requirements

  • Hold a PhD in climate change, air pollution, or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures or qualitative methods
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in working on the nexus of technology and policy issues.
  • Practical experience within a research environment

  • Demonstrated appropriate technical skills to perform research in the field (e.g. laboratory, analytical, programming, or fieldwork skills)
  • Ability to develop and apply new concepts; Able to formulate research questions and develop successful research proposals and funding bids

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position for 24 months. 

The role will be based in London, jointly working with the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Imperial College London. There is an expectation that the Fellow will travel between the WEF office in Geneva and Imperial College London, there may also be opportunities during the Fellowship for the Fellow to travel to other partners and WEF offices.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 – £41,388 per annum.

Please note that appointments will be made at the bottom point of the salary scale.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Audrey de Nazelle: [email protected]

The College is currently trialling a Work Location Framework until early 2023.  Hybrid working may be considered for this role and the role holder may be expected to work 60% or more of their time onsite, with 40% the minimum time spent onsite.  The opportunity for hybrid working will be discussed at interview.

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