Research Assistant / Associate in Integrated Research Observation System for Clean Air
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Research Assistant/ Research Associate in Integrated Research Observation System for Clean Air (OSCA)


Cambridge University Job reference : 18661

Post Title : Research Assistant/ Associate

Title : Research Assistant/ Associate in Observation System for Clean Air (OSCA)

Organisation : Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Category : Research

Salary Range: Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395 Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609

Published : 23-April-2019

End date : 31_May-2019


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Applications are invited for a Post Doctoral or Post Masters Research Assistant/Associate position in the Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED). The researcher will work with the group of Adam Boies (

Integrated Research Observation System for Clean Air (OSCA) is a project funded by Natural Environment Research Council working in conjunction with international organizations on measuring particle emissions from brake and tyre-wear. This specific role will create a searchable database of brake and tyre wear emissions by chemical and morphological structure from laboratory generated and publicly available data. Given the emerging large focus on brake and tyre wear this role will coordinate efforts with other leading academic, government and industrial groups to assemble the database.

The projects specific objectives are to:-

  • Assemble data from current brake and tyre-wear emissions studies.

  • Develop links with partnering organizations to collect and analyse existing datasets.

  • Identify gaps in existing data of brake and tyre wear emissions and plan experimental campaigns to collect new data.

  • Coordinate international efforts to measure and report new emissions data relevant to speciation and source apportionment of emissions.

  • Monitor and participate in new regulatory standards on non-exhaust particle emissions.

  • Link to partnering organizations running supersite measurement campaigns to ensure efficient uptake of data.

The post-holder will develop methods for characterisation of emissions of non-exhaust (brake and tyre) emission factors (mass, composition). The work will be housed within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and will report to Dr. Adam Boies.

The project requires a mixture of skills, including project management, particle emissions measurement, experimental design and data analysis. The researcher will be expected to report their findings at review meetings and should be confident in presenting scientific data and collaborating and communicating effectively with other partners.

Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Engineering, Computer Science or a related subject. The position is full-time, currently funded for 2 years with a possible extension.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges:
Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395
Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online, please go to : and click the 'Apply' button. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you can to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. No documents that have not been requested will be considered. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

For queries of a technical nature related to the role, please contact Dr Adam Boies ( For queries on the application process, contact Sarah Stevenson (,).

Please quote reference NM18661 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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