Senior Research Associate in experimental atmospheric chemistry and sea-ice biogeochemistry

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate to undertake experimental studies of chemical, physical and biological processes related to sea-ice and the overlying atmosphere and underlying water using the highly instrumented Roland von Glasow Air-Sea-Ice-Chamber.

The studies will be undertaken in the context of the Eurochamp-2020 project and the UK/German EISPAC collaboration (Effects of ice stressors and pollutants on the Arctic marine cryosphere) collaboration. The Eurochamp-2020 experiments aim to provide the necessary boundary conditions and chamber characterization for the simulation of physical and biogeochemical sea-ice processes in models, with the purpose of upscaling these processes to regional and global forecasting systems. The aim of EISPAC is to assess the importance of ice-associated pollutants and nutrients on ice habitat functioning.

The work will focus on a range of aspects including

  • physical and chemical gas fluxes between sea-ice and ice-atmosphere interfaces
  • transport of chemicals and plastics in sea ice, atmosphere and ocean
  • contribution of sea ice melt to the delivery of nutrients and contaminants to marine surface waters, especially during the Arctic spring when biological activity in the surface ocean increases
  • optical properties of sea-ice in the UV-VIS range
  • emission and deposition of reactive nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at atmosphere-ice/snow interfaces

There is scope to adapt or enhance the project in a direction of the SRA's interest.

The SRA will document the work in scientific reports, develop standard operation procedures, write scientific publications for international, peer-reviewed journals and present the work at national and international conferences, and to stakeholders and policymakers.

This part time (0.8 FTE) post is available on 1 October 2018 for a fixed term of 26 months but must end no later than 30 November 2020.

Salary: 32,548 - 38,833 per annum, pro rata

Application deadline: 21 August 2018

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posted: 28 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.