Department of Civil Engineering

Advertisement Number: P.Rect./R&D/2022/238

About the project: The states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have amongst the worst air pollution in India. A new path-breaking project aims to deploy and monitor air quality in all the rural districts of the two states. The criteria for identifying the non-attainment cities under National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was based on the PM10 levels monitored using manual monitoring technology. One of the limitations of the criteria set was that this ended up excluding the rural districts of India which did not have continuous PM2.5 and PM10 air quality monitoring. The project "To Support the Rural Air Quality Monitoring" is to set up a scientifically validated real-time air quality monitoring network which will provide unprecedented insights into the air quality conditions of rural India.

About the group/team: The team has made impactful contribution at nationwide scale to address the challenges of Air Pollution and Climate Change. Under the leadership of Prof Tripathi, the team has built ground-breaking innovative approaches for indigenously built low-cost sensor-based network technologies for nation-wide urban air quality monitoring and Real Time Source Apportionment (RTSA). The group has successfully evaluated a very large field-based sensor evaluation project in collaboration with MPCB, Mumbai. Recently, the group has been awarded the International Centre of Excellence on advanced pollution monitoring technologies recognized by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. This work will be carried out as a part of this Centre. RTSA work has been done in Delhi with support from CPCB and is currently being carried out with support from Swiss Development corporation in the cities of Lucknow and Pune. The group has also established sensor network in 5 cities (Jaipur, Chennai, Guwahati, Kanyakumari and Delhi) with support from Ericsson.

About the position

We are looking for apassionate Project Consultant who is keen to make an impact on the air quality, environment and climate challenges in India both at the technical and policy level.In this project he will have overall ownership of ensuring that the project deployment meetsthe necessary timelines, it continues to run smoothly across 3 years and necessary reports are generated on time. He will be reporting to the Project Investigator.


He will have overall accountability for the project and timely communication of any issues and roadblocks. The candidate will be responsible for coordinating with the partner start-ups, PI and PDFs/RAs for the smooth running of large scale networks for air quality measurements using low-cost sensors. The candidate will also take part in coordinating analysis of large datasets evolved during such monitoring.

Relevant skills & experience

  • Experience in project management and execution of large projects.
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Capability to prepare/edit scientific/technical report etc.
  • Proven record in leading and managing a large team.

Compensation & benefits

He/she will get the opportunity to work in a conductive environment and can avail the hostel/family accommodation facility (according to availability) at IIT Kanpur.

As regards the medical facilities, only the OPD facility for self shall be available at the Health Centre of IIT Kanpur without any reimbursement of cost of medicines. Any outside referral shall not be reimbursed. For the purpose, a medical booklet shall be provided to you on request.

Essential qualification 

  • An outstanding Engineer/Technologist working in Industry/Academic/R&D institution and having a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with at least 03 years of industrial experience.
  • Candidates with MTech and or MBA will be preferred.

Duration of appointment 

  • The post is purely temporary and is on contractual basis.
  • The appointment for the post is up to three years. Appointment will be initially for one year. Renewal of appointment will be subjected to the performance of the candidate.
  • Salary: Rs.100000-200000 per month (as per the experience).

The department reserves the right to fix suitable criteria for short listing of eligible candidates satisfying qualifications and experience. The position will be located at IIT Kanpur. The selection will be based on two stage interviews: online and in person. Short listed candidates will be informed with an email about the date of interview. 

Interested candidates may apply via email (to giving full details qualifications and experience with copies of relevant certificates by September 16, 2022*Extended till October 15, 2022.The Selection will be based on Zoom/Skype online interview. Shortlisted candidates will be informed the date of interview by email.


Dr. Sachchida N. Tripathi, Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur – 208016