Air Quality Science Research Grant, Clean Air Catalyst – Indore Pilot

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Air Quality Science Research Grant, Clean Air Catalyst – Indore Pilot

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The Clean Air Catalyst seeks a scientific collaborator to be a co-investigator in the scientific activities of a 5-year pilot project centered in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The selected co-investigator will be awarded a research grant in the range of 20-40 lakhs INR (~ $25,000 - $50,000 USD) over approximately two years, with a potential extension for continued data collection and analysis or for participation in other project activities. The program has additional funds for purchase and deployment of monitoring equipment, among other data collection activities. The Clean Air Catalyst is a new program launched by The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and a global consortium of organizations led by World Resources Institute (WRI) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Program Summary:

Clean Air Catalyst (CAC): A global partnership for accelerating clean air solutions

Action to improve and maintain clean air has lagged far behind the mounting evidence of harm. The Clean Air Catalyst seeks to demonstrate a globally applicable approach to developing locally tailored, self-reliant solutions that cut air pollution and improve human health in cities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our partnership brings together diverse local stakeholders to address critical information gaps, to build confidence and trust in air pollution information and to advance and institutionalize lasting solutions.

The consortium includes six additional partners: Clean Air Toolbox for Cities (Columbia University), Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Internews Network, MAP-AQ, OpenAQ, and Vital Strategies. We plan to work with local partners in three pilot regions to test and refine a three-part data to action methodology for improving air quality and delivering climate co-benefits.

Additional information about the project will be provided to candidates selected for further consideration.

Summary of Role

The Indore Air Quality Science Co-Investigator will collaborate with the CAC consortium’s global and India-based science team to co-create the design of a research plan and oversee its implementation. The plan will consist of ambient pollution monitoring and analysis, collection of activity and emissions data from key sources, and air quality modeling in support of the CAC’s pilot project’s objective of improving awareness about the air quality impacts of specific sources.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate closely with CAC partners (India-based staff, global experts, and researchers) in the development of pilot design and high-quality research.
  • Collaborate closely with the India science team in advising project’s scientific activities, including air quality monitoring (collection of data through regulatory grade and low-cost instruments), and overseeing air quality data analysis, source apportionment, and/or improving emission inventories
  • Advise on root cause analysis of air pollutant emissions from specific sources
  • Co-supervise, with Dr. Ajay Singh Nagpure, a post-doctoral research based in Indore
  • Prepare technical reports and scientific manuscripts on study results
  • Present findings to local partners and stakeholders to build source awareness


  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science/Environmental Engineering/Civil Engineering/Aerosol Science or a related quantitative field
  • Experience in research involving air pollution measurement campaigns, air quality modeling, emissions inventories or any of these
  • Publication record demonstrating relevant experience
  • Preference for early- and mid-career scientists
  • Experience connecting scientific research to real-world policy
  • Desire to work on a collaborative, applied research initiative with teams involving diverse organizations, practice areas, and disciplines
  • Knowledge of AQ landscape in the Indore region desired
  • Willingness to travel frequently to Indore area for project activities; day-to-day work does not require a permanent presence in Indore, although proximity is desirable.

Women, minorities and disadvantaged populations are encouraged to apply.

Selection process:

Interested candidates should submit a letter of no longer than 500 words expressing interest in being considered, along with a CV.

Three to five candidates will be selected from among those expressing interest in the role and invited for a panel interview in January 2021.

Last date to apply: 28th December 2020


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