A fixed term postdoctoral appointment is available in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, part of the Department of Chemistry, to support two recently funded projects associated with measurement of VOCs and other air pollutants.
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The position will involve collecting and analysing whole air samples during research flights around oil and gas drilling platforms in the North Sea, UK, and assist in apportioning the source of enhanced methane. The second project will utilise the same instrumentation to observe VOCs in Hanoi, Vietnam in order to identify key VOC emission sources and compare these to identical observations being made in Ho Chi Minh City as part of the same project. These will then be placed in the context of other emerging megacities.
The position will also involve performing lab tests to better understand and quantify the uncertainties involved in the sampling of VOCs. The processes of current concern include: effects of ozone; effects of humidity; and the incomplete transfer of compounds leading to carry-over. This will require close collaboration with colleagues at the University of York and other Universities and research institutes, with a view to developing better methodologies in the future.
Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
As well as being suitable for candidates with a background in chemistry, this appointment would also equally suit you if you have a first degree in Physics or Engineering. You are expected to have an appropriate PhD level qualification in one of these areas.
You should have research expertise in data manipulation and a broad knowledge of atmospheric science and a good knowledge of gas chromatography applied to VOC measurement techniques. You will also have knowledge of a range of research techniques, in particular methodologies for in situ gas phase observations. You should have a willingness to travel and an ability to communicate effectively with both scientists and non-scientists.
In addition you will have:
The post is full time and fixed-term for a period of 12 months and will be available from 1st June 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further funding may be available to extend this post to 21 months in total.
Salary from £31,604 - £32,548 on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr James Hopkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Closing date: 30 March 2018
Interview date: 23 April 2018
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