Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Sensors for Environmental Science

Cranfield, Bedford
£23,837 to £27,304 per annum
11 May 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Here at Cranfield, we offer you the opportunity and resources to really develop your career. Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

The School of Water, Energy and Environment leads in delivering Cranfield’s Mission within Water, Energy and Power, and Environment and Agrifood. The School is committed to leading in its areas of expertise through investing in world class staff and facilities over the long term.

The Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Informatics (CEAI) has core capabilities in sensor technology, engineering, informatics and management. These are used to address research challenges in the environmental and agricultural sectors. The sensors group is co-located with the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) providing a focal point for research staff using atmospheric and remote sensing measurements.

You will work on three projects and develop and use innovative instrumentation to make atmospheric measurements. The sensors are typically low cost and so can be deployed in large numbers on the ground and on balloons. Field measurements will include deployments in India to study the monsoon, and in Europe as part of a core European package measuring atmospheric chemical composition. The topics studied include air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions.

You will have a PhD (obtained or near completion) in an Engineering discipline or in atmospheric science (or related subject), or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience. You should have proven expertise in instrument design and use (including mechanical construction, data handling, programming with Arduino and Raspberry Pi), as well as the ability to put together a working system or part of a measurement system and quantify performance. Experience in sensors and networks and an interest in their use for environmental issues is desired.

For an informal discussion, please contact Neil Harris, Professor of Atmospheric Informatics on (T); +44 (0)1234 75 8155 or (E);

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.

This is demonstrated in our success in achieving a Bronze Institutional Athena SWAN which recognises our commitment to progress gender diversity in STEM, as well as the European Commission’s ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ which demonstrates our commitment to supporting Research careers.

Your career at Cranfield will be enhanced through access to fully equipped shared laboratory and pilot facilities, extensive research and business training through our learning and development team and doctoral training centres in a collegiate and supportive environment.

Interviews to be held: 21 June 2018

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