Advertisement Number: P.Rect./R&D/2023/83
Vacancy for Postdoc Fellow
About the project: The criteria for identifying the non-attainment cities under National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was based on the PM10 levels monitored using manual monitoringtechnology. One of the limitations of the criteria set was that this ended up excluding therural districts of India which did not have continuous PM2.5 and PM10 air quality monitoring. 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 withsupport 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.
Nature of Work
The goal of the project is to develop and evaluate reduced-complexity models of air pollution for use by Indian decision-makers. The primary products will be source-receptor matrices that relate emissions of particulate matter and its precursors to downwind concentrations and damage metrics, i.e. health damages per tonne of emitted pollutant, for emissions as a function of species and location. Key steps of the work will be the compilation of available air pollution measurements, including quality control and assurance; deployment and evaluation of a state-of-the-art chemical transport model for India; deriving the reduced-complexity models from the chemical transport model; and evaluation of the reduced-complexity models. In the later stages, the work will involve outreach and training to disseminate the tools for use by policy-makers
Relevant skills & experience
- Strong background in atmospheric modeling and air quality research.
- Significant background in handling and processing large data sets.
- Impressive publications record in high impact air quality research journals. Knowledge of any scientific programming language.
- High proficiency in programming languages like FORTRAN, Python, MATLAB, Igore, R etc.
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.
- Ph.D. in Civil Engineering/Environmental Sciences/Atmospheric Sciences/Climate Sciences/Mathematics/Physics or relevant field.
Duration of Appointment
- The post is purely temporary and is on contractual basis.
- The appointment for the post is up tothree years or till the completion of the project, whichever is earlier. Appointment will be initially for one year. Renewal of appointment will be subjected to the performance of the candidate.
- Salary: Rs. 60,000/65,000/70,000 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 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 mayapply via email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) giving full details qualifications and experience with copies of relevant certificates by April 27, 2023. *Extended till May 10, 2023.
Please mention the post applied for and advertisement no. in the subject line of email.
Dr. Sachchida N. Tripathi, Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur - 208016