Air Quality Scientist

£27,000 to £34,000
6 June 2022

For more information and to apply please visit CERC

CERC is the developer of the widely-used Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling System, ADMS. CERC’s unique position as air quality model developers and consultants allows us to share our knowledge in both fields. This gives our consultants invaluable insight into technical projects.

Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC) is looking to recruit a new graduate Air Quality Scientist to join our scientific software development team.

CERC develops the Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling System, ADMS family of models, which are used across the world to calculate levels of air quality in the vicinity of traffic, industrial and other air pollutant emissions sources. The company is based in central Cambridge and employs around 25 staff, approximately half of whom work within the development team.

At CERC you will contribute to our longer-term research projects. Your work will typically involve manipulating the multiple datasets associated with running ADMS and other air quality models, specifically: air pollutant emissions, meteorological data, pollutant concentration measurements and dispersion model outputs. You will develop skills associated with quantifying model performance for different applications and gain experience using a range of software packages, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The techniques you learn will help you to identify sources of error and uncertainty in the modelling process and allow you to develop a scientific understanding of the models. The work will involve report writing, taking part in meetings with project partners, and giving presentations at scientific meetings.

You will have a strong background in physical science (e.g. maths, physics, chemistry, meteorology, engineering) at graduate level or higher. You will be able to analyse and interpret data, documenting your conclusions clearly, for instance using graphical and tabular formats. You will have demonstrated an ability to work in a well-organised and conscientious way, and to meet challenging deadlines. An aptitude for programming is desirable, and experience using programming languages such as Python, R, Fortran, Microsoft Excel VBA or MATLAB would be useful. Although in recent years the large majority of client interaction has been online, your role may involve some travel in the UK and overseas.

CERC encourages and funds appropriate professional membership, usually with the Institute of Air Quality Management / Institution of Environmental Sciences. We offer opportunities for all staff to attend events such as webinars and conferences. We will provide formal training through your attendance of CERC’s training courses.

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