PhD Air quality impacts of aviation activity
Aviation emissions adversely impact the air quality and human health near airports, but impacts also spread hundreds of kilometres away. Aviation is currently …
- Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
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- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Aviation emissions adversely impact the air quality and human health near airports, but impacts also spread hundreds of kilometres away. Aviation is currently responsible for <2% of air pollution impacts in Europe, but the growing aviation sector coupled with the decreasing emissions of other sectors, result in aviation impacts becoming increasingly important in both absolute and relative terms.
In this PhD research, models that can be used to quantify the air quality impacts of aviation activity in Europe will be developed and validated. An emissions dataset for aircraft activity will be developed and compared against existing inventories, and fuel consumption data. Regional chemistry-transport modelling will be performed to calculate the changes in atmospheric concentrations, attributable to aircraft emissions. Air quality modelling results will be validated against air quality measurements and satellite data. The set of tools developed will allow the quantification of the air quality impacts of aviation activity in Europe. Sensitivity analyses using these will provide policy and technology-relevant information on mitigation strategies.
The candidate should have an MSc degree in an area relevant to the subject, e.g. aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, or (applied) physics. A combination of good mathematical/analytical skills and strong programming skills are required. Experience with environmental/atmospheric modelling is advantageous for this position. The candidate should have a very good command of English language, in direct communication as well as writing skills.
TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.
For information about this vacancy, you can contact Professor Dick Simons, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +3115 2788145. For information about the selection procedure, please contact Dr. Mirjam Snellen, Associate professor +31152788144, email email@example.com.
To apply, please send an application letter by e-mail, a curriculum vite, transcripts of BSc and MSc degrees, copies of BSc and MSc diplomas, proof of language skills if applicable, and the names of two references by March 15 2019 to Ms. M. Snellen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
When applying, please refer to vacancy number LR19.01.