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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Atmospheric Data Science

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,236 - 34,188
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Role Description


The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to develop innovative numerical methods of analysis for the interpretation of trends, sources and behaviours of air pollution at local, national and global scales.

 The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories are 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.


This research role is primarily focused on the development of numerical techniques that support the interpretation of recent trends in air pollution, identification of pollution sources, and de-convolving the influence of emissions and meteorology. The position would be based in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories working with a range of different academic staff.

You will also be responsible for the development of innovative data approaches and numerical methods for air pollution analysis, and apply those methods to improve understanding of trends and behaviour in pollution in different locations using a range of different data sources, both research and regulatory.

The successful applicant will lead on the development and testing of data-driven methods of research in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories; generate and analyse the research data from multiple sources; and lead the production of research outputs (papers and presentations). Where appropriate you would be expected to provide help in supporting the work of other researchers in atmospheric chemistry including PhD students and other staff members.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Undergraduate degree in any STEM discipline and have a PhD in Atmospheric Science or related field or equivalent experience
  • Well-developed mathematical and computing skills and attention to detail and commitment to high quality research. 
  • Knowledge of air pollution datasets, emissions datasets (eg remote sensing) and meteorological normalisation techniques used for air pollution research
  • Knowledge of numerical methods, machine learning, data basing techniques, and scientific computing needed to engage in high quality research
  • Highly developed communication skills and the ability to write up research work for publication and make presentations at internationally recognised conferences
  • Ability conduct individual and collaborative research projects and to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative

The post is full time and fixed-term for a period of 18 months and will be available from 1st February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary from £32,236 - £34,188 on grade 6 of the University's salary scales.

Informal enquiries to Prof Alastair Lewis (

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