[ES_JOBS_NET] EPA Federal Post-Doc Position – Air Quality Modeling of Wildland Fires

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Tue Dec 29 13:51:56 MST 2015

*Please forward this to any interested and qualified applicants.*


*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 

For more info on the position: 

For instructions on how to apply: 

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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