[ES_JOBS_NET] EPA federal post-doc opportunity -- Air Quality Modeling of Wildland Fires

Pierce, Tom Pierce.Tom at epa.gov
Mon Dec 21 09:02:44 MST 2015

EPA Federal Post-Doc Position - Air Quality Modeling of Wildland Fires

EPA's Office of Research and Development is seeking applications from qualified post-doctoral candidates to perform research on modeling the impacts of wildland fires on regional air quality. The selected applicant will be assigned to the Atmospheric Model Applications and Analysis Branch of the Computational Exposure Division in Research Triangle Park, NC. Applications are being accepted until January 29, 2016.

A brief synopsis of the research opportunity is as follows:

While the characterization of anthropogenic emissions of particulate matter and its precursor species in the U.S. has improved significantly, smoke emissions from wildland fires are still poorly quantified and have nearly doubled over the past 20 years. Furthermore, climate and forest management experts predict an increase in the severity and occurrence of wildfires, which could pose an increased risk from air pollution on human health and sensitive ecosystems. EPA is thus seeking to conduct research to improve the predictive capability of its air quality modeling tools and data to more accurately simulate the impact of wildland fire smoke emissions on regional air quality.

The selected post-doctoral candidate will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team that is being assembled to investigate wildland fire smoke emissions, and in particular, to improve the functionality of the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling system to simulate smoke from wildland fires. Depending on the expertise and interest of the post-doctoral candidate, research areas could include emissions characterization of smoke, vertical allocation (plume rise) of smoke, fine-scale applications of coupled fire/meteorological/air quality models, and evaluation and application of regional air quality model output to assess impacts of smoke on human health.

For more info on the position: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ordpd/PostDoc_Position.cfm?pos_id=919

For instructions on how to apply: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ordpd/PostDoc_Lab.cfm?Lab=NERL

Points of contact are pouliot.george at epa.gov<mailto:pouliot.george at epa.gov> and pierce.tom at epa.gov<mailto:pierce.tom at epa.gov>. Please note that preference will be given to U.S. citizens.
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