Research Analyst (Air Quality), Sustainable Cities & Transport

What is WRI?

WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. Our work focuses on building sustainable and liveable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being. The India Resources Trust has a license from WRI to use the trademark “WRI India”.

WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India.

We are inspired by and associated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organisation with more than 400 experts and other staff around the world. World Resources Institute began in Washington, DC, in 1982 to provide cutting edge analysis to address global environment and development challenges. WRI spans more than 50 countries, with offices in BrazilChina, Europe, India, Indonesia, and the United States. In all of these locations, WRI works with government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action based on high-quality data and objective analysis.


Position Overview:

The successful candidate will be responsible for air quality monitoring, developing emission inventory, air pollution dispersion modeling, data collection from the primary and secondary sources and technical writing. The candidate will work closely with urban systems experts, city and state government officials. The candidate will have the opportunity to provide inputs towards the development of a global air quality watch platform. The ambition of air quality watch platform is to bring the cutting edge of science and information innovation closer to communities who can use the information to drive change

The candidate will actively participate in development activities such as identifying and writing proposals, research paper/report writing, engaging with partners and other opportunities. The candidate will be required to independently manage research projects, resources, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, travel and represent WRI at various national and international platforms.



The candidate will handle range of responsibilities.  Some of the key responsibilities will include:

  • Collecting primary and secondary data of different urban and rural infrastructure sectors
  • Developing emissions inventory at city scale
  • Knowledge of different atmospheric Air Quality Dispersion Models (i.e., AERMOD, CAMx etc.) (must)
  • Technical reports and paper writing
  • Communicating findings and updated information with various stakeholders
  • Collaborate and work with to advance publications
  • Work closely with the transport and energy team to identify opportunities for impactful research
  • Identify and write grant proposals, contribute to proposals and development efforts on program fundraising goals
  • Outreach and Communications
    • Produce material to communicate WRI India’s Cities work in India and globally, including analytical content to non-technical audiences, media, and existing and prospective funders
    • Attend and present work at national and international workshops, conferences, seminars as necessary
  • Research and Knowledge
    • Identify research gaps in the area of air pollution, cultivate ideas and author or co-author knowledge products (e.g., reports, briefs, data-products).
    • Knowledge of different atmospheric Air Quality Dispersion Models (i.e., AERMOD, CAMx etc.) (must)
    • Liaise with experts in India, global experts, and researchers to facilitate the development of high-quality research
  • Capacity Building
    • Design and hold periodic seminars for capacity building and solicit input and feedback on the same


Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Master’s degree/PhD in Sustainable Development, Environmental Engineering, Urban Planning, Transport, Environmental Sciences or a related discipline.
  • Minimum 03 years of highly relevant, full-time work experience for Master’s degree or 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 fluency in English.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
  • Ability to understand and transfer skills and knowledge to a breadth of specialty areas
  • Ability to independently lead, design and draft research proposals and studies
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build a strong network of professional relationships
  • Comfort working with staff at all levels of experience
  • Ability to travel when needed
  • Strong analytical capabilities.

Salary and Benefits

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Location: Delhi, India

To Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose.

Finalized candidate will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

Source: WRI

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Deadline/closing date: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019