The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Technical Specialist to build, test, and deploy, custom laser induced fluorescence instruments for the sensitive detection of oxides of atmospheric nitrogen and sulphur. The position is funded as part of a recent award to build a novel suite of laser-based instrumentation for the UK FAAM research aircraft, and is available from October 2022 for a period of 36 months. You will work closely with Dr Pete Edwards and Dr Stuart Young, and as part of a wider technical team, including specialists in laser, mechanical, electrical and software engineering.
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. As an experimentally intensive research facility, WACL has more than £3M in state-of-the-art equipment, much of which is custom built or modified, and supports an exceptional research environment with a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise.
The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York. The Department was placed in the top 10 UK chemistry departments in the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, with the majority of its research and impact being rated as world leading (4*). 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 this role, you will develop and test several laser induced fluorescence instruments, based on custom built fibre laser systems, and then deploy them aboard the UK research aircraft. Working as part of an experienced technical team, you will take the lead in constructing novel instrumentation and carrying out rigorous instrument testing to ensure performance is sufficient for the scientific goals. This highly varied role will primarily involve the physical construction and testing of custom fibre laser systems and the assembly of the laser induced fluorescence sampling and detection systems, including development of control software. This project offers an opportunity for a self-motivated person to join the large and vibrant group in WACL and to contribute to the world-leading research being carried out by this team.
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