Postdoctoral Research Associate in Air Quality and Composition
Location: York, United Kingdom
The University of York's Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to develop new methods to investigate the sources of secondary organic aerosols in three polluted megacities. The post is full time (with flexibility if required) and fixed-term for a period of up to 36 months and will be available from 1st June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. WACL is the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facility in the UK. Home to more than 65 researchers with interests in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry, WACL supports an exceptional research environment, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities and a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise.
The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.
In urban areas, particulate matter is one of the most important pollutants for human health effects, leading to increases in respiratory diseases and premature mortality. You will develop new high-resolution mass spectrometry methods to analyse the detailed composition of organic aerosol in urban areas. Aerosol samples will be collected during a field campaign at the NERC Honor Oak research station (London) and combined with historical data from Beijing and Delhi. State-of-the-art machine learning approaches will be used to explore the factors that control the sources and transformation of organic aerosols.
This post will primarily be based in WACL, with a two month knowledge exchange placement within the Air Quality group at the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Where appropriate you would be expected to provide guidance to other researchers in atmospheric chemistry including PhD students and staff.
You will also be responsible for:
Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
How to apply
Please direct any informal enquiries to Dr Jacqui Hamilton (firstname.lastname@example.org).