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Research Assistant/Associate in Low Cost Portable Nano-Particulate Emission Measurements System(PEMs4Nano) for Vehicles (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/ Associate position in the Department of Engineering, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 initiative on Green Vehicles. The post holder will work on a novel, low-cost method of measuring nano-particulate emissions from on-road vehicles ( within the research group of Adam Boies (

Small particulate matter from vehicles are invisible to the eye and have been implicated in diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. Vehicle manufactures must comply with stringent rules on the emission gases such as CO2 and NOx, however, current on-road methods are not able to detect these very small (<23 nm) and hazardous nano-particulates also emitted from vehicles, and hence these are not regulated. The methods that are used by car manufacturers to reduce the emission of gasses such as CO2 and NOx may in fact be exacerbation the situation by producing even smaller particulates and therefore it is important to be able to measure these accurately and in real time.

The PEMs4Nano project seeks to develop measurement procedures that are robust and reliable for the measurement of particles down to 10 nm and under real driving conditions. The system that we are working towards will be used for regulatory purposes and as such must be capable of robust and repeatable measurements of solid particles down to 10 nm. Additional work will seek to measure the concentration of semi-volatile species that are of growing interest from regulatory and health bodies. The candidate will liaise with other members of the PEMs4Nano project to share results and findings. The researcher will perform experiments at the University of Cambridge as well as participate in international testing at partner institutions in Europe. Applicants should have obtained (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a 2.1 degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in an Engineering or a related subject for the Research Assistant grade or a PhD if applying at Research Associate grade.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,298 - £30,175; Research Associate £30,175 - £38,183

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 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 for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Sarah Stevenson email . (Tel +44 01223 330263)

Please quote reference NM13037 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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