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NCAS Research Associate in Tropospheric Composition

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) within University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Research Associate to support the scientific exploitation of atmospheric data from the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory which has been running for 14 years and produces high quality in situ data on trace gases, aerosol particles, and greenhouse gases.   The post is full time (with flexibility if required) and open, subject to funding.  It is available from 1st September 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.



You will work with Professors Lucy Carpenter, Mat Evans and Ally Lewis to analyse the substantial dataset arising from the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory and explore a range of scientific issues including the detection and attribution of long term atmospheric composition change, the impacts of air-sea exchange processes, and the investigation of heterogeneous chemistry occurring on aerosol.  While the role is not focused on model development, you will work alongside the GEOS-Chem modelling team at WACL to produce and analyse model output in conjunction with the observational data.

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:

•           conducting individual and collaborative research projects

•           writing and publicising of high quality manuscripts and delivering presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events

•           contributing to the preparation of research proposals and applications to external bodies


Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

•           Undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Physics or Environmental Science and a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry or equivalent experience

•           Knowledge of tropospheric chemistry, numerical modelling of the atmosphere and data analysis methods

•           Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media including publication in journals and delivery of presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events

•           Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, exhibiting self-initiative

•           Highly motivated and professional work ethic, with commitment to high quality research, a collaborative ethos and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students

•           Ability to work closely with others within a team environment and to work independently using own initiative


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