[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral opening at Carnegie Mellon University

Albert A Presto albert.presto at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 07:21:41 MDT 2013

Postdoctoral Fellow
Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Atmospheric
Particle Studies (CAPS) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) seeks to fill
an opening for a postdoctoral fellow. The primary duties are to quantify
emissions of methane and ozone-forming VOCs from activities associated with
the Marcellus Shale Gas play. These emissions will be measured with a
tracer release technique and mobile measurements.

This project requires substantial travel and fieldwork (25-50%, heavily
loaded in years 1 and 2 of the project). We expect to conduct measurements
during parts of 12-21 months. The Marcellus Shale covers parts of
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York. While many sampling locations
will be accessible within a few hours drive of CMU’s campus in Pittsburgh,
PA, sampling at many locations will require overnight travel.

Required qualifications/skills include:
-A PhD in Mechanical, Chemical, or Civil Engineering; Chemistry;
Atmospheric or Environmental Science; or a related discipline
-A valid driver’s license

Desired qualifications/skills include:
-Experience with ambient atmospheric measurements or mobile measurements
-Experience with cavity ringdown or quantum cascade laser measurements for
trace gas detection
-Knowledge of analytical software tools such as Matlab and Igor

The project duration, as well as the length of the postdoctoral
appointment, is 3 years. The project team will consist of one postdoc (this
position), one PhD graduate student (to be selected), two project
scientists (already employed at CMU), one research professor in Mechanical
Engineering (Dr. Albert Presto), and one Professor in Mechanical
Engineering (Dr. Allen Robinson). Dr. Presto will serve as the primary
advisor to the successful candidate.

In addition to the project presented here, the successful candidate will
have the opportunity to participate in other ongoing projects in CAPS.
Members of CAPS are recognized internationally as leaders in the study of
air quality and atmospheric chemistry. Our unifying theme is the behavior
of particulate matter in the atmosphere, including emissions, formation,
transformation and deposition of particles as well as their climatological
and health effects. We currently consist of five interwoven research groups
directed by faculty members associated with five academic departments
(Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering).

The position will remain open until it is filled, with a start date in
early 2014. Candidates should email a cover letter, CV, and the names and
contact information for three references to Albert Presto (
albert.presto at gmail.com).

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, handicap, religion, creed, ancestry, belief,
age, veteran status or sexual orientation.  We are actively interested in
developing the careers of women and under-represented minorities.

Albert Presto, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies
Carnegie Mellon University
Cell: 412.721.5203
albert.presto at gmail.com
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