PhD Studentship: Sensors for Monitoring Air Quality

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Chemistry
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

We invite applications for a 4-year PhD studentship to start in October 2017 to work with Professor Rod Jones. The project is an EPSRC Industrial CASE collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), and will develop and exploit low cost sensors and sensor networks which are increasingly being used for air quality and greenhouse gas studies in environmental science. The project will involve studies in the laboratory and in the field quantifying the measurement uncertainty of low cost sensor systems (including NO2, NH3, CO2, CH4, H2CO) in ambient monitoring. The student will also contribute to the development of data analysis tools for calibrating the sensors including the design of smart calibration strategies, and providing pollution maps based on measurements made by networks of sensors. The results of this work will contribute to standardisation and the development of a Technical Protocol on "Air Quality Sensors".

Further information about research in the Jones group is available at

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry or other relevant discipline. The studentship provides a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Applicants must satisfy the eligibility and residence requirements of the UK Research Councils. Owing to restrictions imposed by the sponsor, non-EU citizens cannot be considered.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees, and should be sent by email to Professor Jones (, to whom any informal enquiries can be addressed.

Please quote reference MA11926 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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