Assistant Research Engineer in Air Pollution Science and Technology
University of California Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
United States

Assistant Research Engineer – Air Pollution Science and Technology – Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Job #JPF02842
  • College of Engineering - Civil & Environ Engineer

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 20th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Mar 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Kirchstetter Lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for an Assistant Research Engineer to conduct research on the sources of air pollution, emission control technologies, and novel measurement and analysis methods.

Appointment length:
This is a twelve month, 100% time appointment with the possibility of extension being subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start: March 2021 or until the position is filled.

The research engineer will join the research group of Prof. Thomas Kirchstetter with a focus on measuring and characterizing air pollution emission sources, and technologies and strategies for reducing air pollution exposures and impacts in urban and suburban regions, including novel approaches to deploying novel air pollution sensing technologies. The candidate will lead research studies to: develop and apply methods for quantifying on-road vehicle emissions, their evolution over time, and the efficacy of emission control technologies; deploy new and emerging low-cost air pollution sensors to quantify the spatial and temporal patterns in air pollution, especially in traditionally underserved communities; and explore new opportunities as related to increasing use of waste-to-energy and composting practices. The candidate will be expected to engage independently and directly in multiple research projects, set technical agendas, develop the technical vision for research objectives, present results at leading academic conferences, draft and revise technical papers and reports using sound scientific judgment, and prepare and make technical presentations at research and technical conferences. In addition, the candidate will facilitate interactions with other research organizations and/or groups to promote collaboration and enhance the impact of research results. Other responsibilities include identifying new funding opportunities, assisting with and leading proposal preparation, authoring peer-reviewed articles, and mentoring more junior researchers, including training on measurement techniques (e.g., calibration and use of air pollution analyzers) and laboratory and analytical methods in general.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application):
• PhD or equivalent international degree

Preferred Qualifications:
• PhD in Environmental Engineering or related/relevant field
• 3 years of relevant experience that includes a leading role in conducting field and laboratory research
• Experience leading a team of researchers conducting multifaceted research projects and completing objectives on-time
• Experience contributing to grant writing and interacting with external sponsors (e.g., CARB, DOE)
• Superior academic performance and publication record
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and teamwork
• In depth experience with data acquisition, data management, and data analysis
• Demonstrated creativity and highly developed problem solving skills
• Broad experience in a laboratory environment
• Experience with air pollution sensor hardware and their data management platforms

To be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position provides full benefits.

Application procedure:
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Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.
We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

Please direct questions to: Thomas Kirchstetter (Email: with subject line: “Assistant Research Engineer”.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California Policy and California State law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: ( prior to submitting their letters.

This position is covered by the UC-UAW collective bargaining agreement for Academic Researchers. The current contract can be found here: Additional information can be found on the website:

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - with short (1p) statement of research
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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