Post Doctoral Fellow for Air Quality

Data Analysis & Technical Research Jakarta, Indonesia

Program Overview

WRI’s air quality program is a global initiative that seeks to identify, build awareness of, and eliminate the root causes of air pollution that damages climate, human, and ecosystem health.  The program has three main areas of work: (i) engagement with city stakeholders to use participatory science to diagnose and develop targeted, cost-effective clean air solutions to protect human health and climate, (ii) working with the science community to convert innovative methods into tools and products that communities and policymakers can use to better manage their impact on the atmosphere, and (iii) working with national governments and business networks to design and implement broader regional-to-global air quality governance. It is a part of the WRI Ross Center on Sustainable Cities, with additional oversight from the Data Lab and engagement with Climate, Governance, Energy, and other programs at WRI. The team is global, with senior experts distributed across WRI’s network of international offices


WRI Indonesia air quality program is growing along with the new USAID-funded program called “Clean Air Catalyst”, which will be implemented by a global consortium that WRI is leading with EDF and other partners.  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. The program will work in three pilot regions with WRI international offices and local partners to test and refine a three-part data to action methodology for improving air quality and delivering climate co-benefits. We plan to work with local partners in three pilot regions – one of which is Jakarta, Indonesia – to test and refine a three-part data to action methodology for improving air quality and delivering climate co-benefits.


The Post-doctoral fellow will be responsible on any research or science-related activities. The research may include air quality data collection and monitoring both primary and secondary sources, data analysis, emission inventory, source apportionment, air pollution dispersion and receptor modeling, and technical writing for the report or analysis under the CAC project. The candidate will work closely with local and global science team.


The candidate will be required to support the design of the study, data collection, analysis, and scientific research paper writing.


Job Responsibilities

The candidate will handle a range of responsibilities.  The key responsibilities will include:

  • Research design, air quality sampling (collection of data through regulatory grade and low-cost instruments), air quality data analysis, source apportionment study, development of emissions inventory, root cause analysis of air pollution.
  • Technical reports and paper writing.
  • Liaise with local and global science team (CAC project partners), experts, and researchers to facilitate the development of high-quality research and pilot design.
  • Join an online / offline meeting related to science or research activities such as CAC Global Science Check-in and others.


Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science/Environmental Engineering/Civil Engineering/Climate Science/Chemistry/Atmospheric Sciences/Aerosol Science/Physics or a related quantitative field.
  • Minimum of 3+ years of working experience in relevant field, with a preferable in Air Quality research
  • Strong background in atmospheric science, and / or air quality research including sampling, analysis and reporting.
  • Significant background in handling and processing large data sets.
  • Good experience in field experiment particularly in air quality.
  • Work experience (desirable) with knowledge and use of air quality instruments (reference grade AQ instruments or low/middle cost sensor) is desirable after/during Ph.D. International work/study experience will be valuable.
  • Demonstrated exceptional ability (through published work, articles, etc.) to write and comprehend effectively
  • Strong analytical research skills-ability to communicate complex concepts clearly, both orally and in writing, with English fluency.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to Jakarta for project activities if needed; Proximity to Jakarta is desirable


Contract Arrangement:

  • The appointment for this position is two years. The initial appointment will be set for 1-year period and the contract extension for Year 2 will be given upon a successful individual performance evaluation.
  • This position is purely temporary on a contractual basis.



  1. Successful implementation of air quality of research, including research design, air quality sampling (collection of data through regulatory grade and low-cost instruments) and data analysis
  2. Wrote technical quarterly reports on study results
  3. Successful engagements with key air quality and atmospheric scientists


Term of Payment

Terms of payment will be deliverable-based with detail as follow:


Amount of Payment (% of total payment)


  • Completion of research design, data collection, monitoring, and analysis.
  • Quarterly report on study result



  • Data collection, monitoring and analysis.
  • Quarterly report on study result



  • Data collection, monitoring and analysis.
  • Quarterly report on study result



  • Preliminary AQ monitoring analysis and report.
  • Completion of the report studies.
  • Quarterly report on study result




  1. The terms of payment for Year 2 will be determined further upon the Year 2 contract signing.
  2. Payment will be paid upon completion and approval on each deliverable. 


Selection process:

  • Interested candidates should submit a CV and expected fee / quotation of services along with a cover letter through this career portal.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be selected from among those expressing interest in the role and invited for an interview in December 2021.
  • Candidates will also be required to produce a writing sample when needed



Must have authorization to work in Indonesia to be eligible for this position.


Consultant rate: Consultant rate is commensurate with experience and skills.


Qualified applicants should apply online through WRI career portal in order to be formally considered. 


Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 12 December 2021. We will close the advert earlier when the best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 


This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply.



WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.


We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions. 


WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.


WRI Indonesia is national entity (Yayasan) associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI work with various stakeholders in the natural resources sector to support policy and management that are both profitable and sustainable. WRI work with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.


Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI’s 10-year history in the country and strengthens our impact on the ground. In the short-to-medium term, WRI Indonesia aims to expand its presence and portfolio to include projects in the climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.


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