Skip to content

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,236 - 39,609 a year
Posted Date
Apply by
Job Reference

Role Description

PDRA in low-cost sensor technologies for air pollution research and monitoring


The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead on research into the application of low-cost sensor technologies for both air pollution monitoring and research in UK urban environments.

The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories are the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facility in the UK. Home to more than 65 researchers with interests in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry WACL supports an exceptional research environment, providing access to state of the art facilities and a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise.

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.


The position is funded through a UK Research and Innovation Clean Air project involving several other UK research institutions, with a significant contribution from the UK Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The successful candidate will be responsible for multiple aspects of this research program and will take the lead on low-cost air pollution sensor research at the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories. Specifically, you will conduct individual and collaborative research projects, duties to include: leading the development and deployment of low-cost air pollution sensors; developing transferable calibration methodologies and analysis methods that enable the use of low-cost sensors in a UK air pollution context; working closely with collaborators at several partner UK institutions as well as stakeholders at both DEFRA and the National Physical Laboratories; and leading the production of research outputs (papers and presentations). Where appropriate you would be expected to provide help in supporting the work of other researchers on the wider project; contribute to the identification of possible new areas of research and the preparation of research proposals and applications to external bodies.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

The applicant will:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree and PhD in Atmospheric Science, Physics, Chemistry, or related field.
  • Have well-developed analytical skills and attention to detail and commitment to high quality measurements. 
  • Be familiar with measurement techniques used for atmospheric chemistry research.
  • Have highly developed communication skills and the ability to write up research work for publication and make presentations at internationally recognised conferences.

The post is full time and fixed-term for a period of up to 3 years and will be available from June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary from £32,236 - £39,609 on Grade 6 of the University's salary scales.

Informal enquiries to Dr Pete Edwards ( Closing date for applications is 17 April 2019.

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.

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.

Athena Swan Gold 

 A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork



Forgot password | Register

Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.