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Research Fellow

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
39,609 - 44,559 a year
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Role Description

An independent research fellowship is available in any area of research associated with transport emissions and air pollution. The post-holder will work with existing staff to maximise the benefits of recent NERC capital investments enhancing the evidence base on emissions and air pollution. The successful applicant will be awarded a NERC Advanced fellowship for four years.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF).  As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.

This is a Grade 7 research position aimed at outstanding early career researchers who wish to develop an independent programme of academic research. The aim of the role is to deliver and lead academic research outputs and outcomes relating to transport sector emissions and air pollution, potentially including new observations, data analysis, synthesis and modelling. 

The UK Department for Transport in collaboration with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are funding this 4-year independent fellowship. The role will be supported by staff and facilities from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), have access to a range of new instrumentation and data for vehicle remote sensing (OPUS Inspection) and advanced urban atmospheric composition measurements supported by a 2018 NERC capital investment. (See:

The applicant will have completed an undergraduate and PhD in a discipline related to emissions and/or air pollution and gained experience and knowledge from either postdoctoral, industrial or consulting activities.

The applicant will have a track record of high impact scientific publications and demonstrated emerging potential for academic leadership and independent research. 

The applicant will need to present a compelling vision for their future research and how this may advance both the scientific field and support environmental and transport policy.

In addition you will have:

Knowledge of a range of research techniques of relevance of air pollution and transport

Highly developed communication skills and the ability to write up research work for publication and make presentations at internationally recognised conferences

Ability to plan, conduct and lead a research project and supervise the work of others

Ability to persuade and influence project stakeholders and  identify sources of funding

Well developed analytical skills and attention to detail and commitment to high quality

The post is full time and fixed-term for a period of 4 years and will be available as soon as possible following interviews.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Ally Lewis ( 

The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.

Interview Date - 19 November 2018

Vacancy Reference: 6992

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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 A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork



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