Understanding indoor air pollution using state-of-the-art integrated multi-pollutant air quality monitoring equipment

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3 Year Industry-led Funded Phd: Ref. No. CGE 38

Air pollution is a global threat with an estimated 7 million people dying prematurely from exposure to both indoor and outdoor air pollution every year. The nascent research area of indoor air pollution is particularly important to quantifying total exposure to air pollution, as the average person spends more than 90% of their time indoors. Modern buildings are considered particularly problematic because of the use of more energy-efficient construction, poorly designed heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and space design.

This project will generate an extensive database (1500-2500 monitoring days covering 10-15 commercial buildings and 30-50 residential buildings) of indoor air pollutants using state-of-the-art automatic sampling equipment. This provides real-time measurements of all pollutants that have been defined as potential health risks including ultrafine particles, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon dioxide (see www.NAQTS.com for more information). The resulting database will provide significant insight into indoor levels of air pollution and their likely sources and supplement current understanding of associated adverse health effects. The database will be augmented with data on the characteristics of individual buildings and used to generate models to assist building design under the constraint of good indoor air quality.

The applicant should, as a minimum, hold a 2:1 in Environmental Science or a similar discipline. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and National Air Quality Testing Services Limited. NAQTS is a social business that seeks to improve awareness of indoor air quality through widespread public and commercial monitoring. The arising high-quality database will supplement our current understanding of the health effects of indoor air pollution, as well as facilitate academic discussion and public policy development.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will receive £15,000 tax free per year, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,121/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085/year to £12,964/year), become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D, and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. 

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Application details

To apply for this opportunity please email graduate-applications@cgeinnovation.org with:      

• A CV (2 pages maximum)
• PhD Application Form
• Application Criteria Document
• Funded PhD Reference Form
• Reference number: CGE38          

Application Deadline

Sunday 20th November

With a view to starting by January 2017.