Research Assistant/Associate in Integrated Research Observation System for Clean Air (OSCA) (Fixed Term)
University of Cambridge Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

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




Department of Engineering, Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK



£26,243-£30,385 or










30 April 2019

Closing date


31 May 2019


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.


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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 (, Tel +44 01223 330263).


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


The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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