Research Associate in Environmental Engineering, Climate Change and Health

University of Bristol

Bristol, UK 🇬🇧

The role

The Environmental engineering, climate, and health research associate (RA) will work on research investigating environmental engineering interventions to improve access to services, and the relationships between environmental engineering, climate change and health. This post offers the opportunity to help shape a new forward-looking agenda at the University of Bristol, working with colleagues across the University in diverse disciplines. The RA will be involved in working on a synthesis of experience of successful on-grid service provision in water, sanitation and energy in Africa linked to an ongoing GCRF funded project ‘Beyond the Networked City’ working with a small team in the School of Civil, Aerospace and Design Engineering and colleagues in South Africa, Uganda and Sierra Leone. They will also work on research into environmental interventions to reduce the transmission of infectious disease linked to climate change with a team of inter-disciplinary researchers at the Cabot Institute and the University of Bahia. The RA will support wider work to develop research on the interactions between climate, the environment, and human health. 

What will you be doing?

The RA will carry out a number of activities, including:

  • Undertake a synthesis of successful experiences in extending piped water, sewerage, and mains electricity (on-grid services) to low-income urban communities across the continent of Africa.
  • Support the development of propositions for models of on-grid service provision to be put to a regional expert group and help write up the findings.
  • Support small-scale research into environmental engineering interventions to reduce leptospirosis transmission in low-income communities Brazil, including the development of a quantitative microbial risk assessment model and identification of interventions to interrupt transmission.
  • Support the development of research proposals investigating the interface between environmental engineering, climate change and health.
  • Write and publish research papers in high-quality journals.• Collaborate with other researchers at Bristol working on water, environmental change and on global health issues

You should apply if

You should have a PhD in a relevant subject, or be working towards a PhD, with a first degree in and engineering, or environmental field and preferably a Masters level qualification in a relevant subject. You should have a track record of publications in a relevant field; experience and knowledge of environmental engineering or climate adaptation research in low and middle income countries; strong analytical skills and and an appreciation of critical emerging issues in environmental engineering and climate change that impact on health. 

Additional information

It is anticipated that interviews will be held 20/12/2022

For any informal enquires please contact Guy Howard, Director of the Cabot Institute for the Environment: [email protected]

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