PhD Studentship - Air Pollution Research Group

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    Trinity College
    EngineeringCivil engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    17/07/2020 12:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Dublin


Post Specification: 034519

Post Title:

PhD Studentship

Post Status:

Fixed-term (Full-time): 4 years.

Research Group / Department / School:

Air Pollution Research Group

Dept of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering


Simon Perry Building,

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Reports to:

Principal Investigator, Asst Prof John Gallagher


From €18,000 annual stipend plus academic fees (EU or non-EU)

Closing Date:

Friday 17th July 2020 at 17.00 hours (GMT)

NOTE: Applicants must have been resident in an EU member state for 3 out of the last 5 years to be eligible for EU fees


One 4-year PhD Studentship is available to new entrants/students for entry in September 2020 (or thereafter).

The PhD studentship aims to support and develop a gifted research student and is awarded competitively on academic merit.

Post Summary

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of a set of unique outdoor environmental quality (EQ) indicators relating to factors such as air, noise, temperature, etc, which impact upon human-nature interactions in green spaces. The EQ indicators will facilitate the performance assessment of nature-based solution (NBS) innovations. The candidate will support the effective design and implementation of novel engineered NBS interventions. These design improvements will be informed through the collection and analysis of local environmental monitoring campaigns for existing and proposed green routes/spaces in several European partner cities. These EQ indicators will be validated through pre- and post-intervention assessments to evaluate these improvements and support the co-creation of best practice in generating connected and sustainable green spaces in the built environment.

Overview of GOGREEN ROUTES Project

The objective of GOGREEN ROUTES is to position European cities as world ambassadors of urban sustainability. The project focuses on the design and implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS) which offer co-benefits to multidimensional health (termed 360-Health). GOGREEN ROUTES represents a transdisciplinary consortium who will pioneer a unique approach augmenting NBS for urban design with the goal of fostering positive human-nature interactions for all citizens. This will be achieved through the development of outdoor environmental quality (EQ) indicators relating to factors – air noise, temperature, etc. – which affect the quality of our experience when outdoors in the built environment. The EQ indicators can uniquely inform innovations to engineer novel interventions (design improvements for new and existing NBS along green routes/spaces) in our European partner cities. In parallel to accessing existing open-sourced data, extensive local monitoring campaigns (fixed and mobile) will be implemented and analysed in each of the “Cultivating Cities” to provide a baseline assessment of existing green routes, and to quantify the impact of NBS interventions. This will validate the EQ indicators and define how they can guide the creation of more connected and sustainable urban green spaces. More project details are available on the GOGREEN ROUTES Researchgate page.

Funding Information

This post is funded through the Horizon 2020 project GOGREEN ROUTES (GO GREEN: Resilient Optimal Urban natural, Technological and Environmental Solutions), a Horizon 2020 SC5-14-2019 project.

Person Specification


A minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree.

(Applicants awaiting final degree results are welcome to apply. Please include grade achieved in previous years, in the interim).

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)

  • Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Computer Science or a related field (Essential).
  • Knowledge and experience of air pollution, urban design, nature-based solutions, analysis of environmental data (Desirable).

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit their application, along with a full Curriculum Vitae (including the names and contact details of two referees) and a 300-word statement to Asst. Prof. John Gallagher, at j.gallagher@tcd.ie, before the closing date on Friday 17th July 2020 at 17.00 hours (Irish Standard Time).

Informal enquiries are welcome. Please email John Gallagher at j.gallagher@tcd.ie.

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their CV and statement. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend for interview.

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