[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemistry, University of York

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Aug 18 11:30:50 MDT 2017


Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
£31,076 - £32,004 Per year
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  * 5969 - Candidate Brief.pdf
    (PDF, 2044.05kb)

  * Department

A fixed term postdoctoral appointment is available for 18-24 months in 
the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, part of the Department 
of Chemistry, to support recently funded EU and NERC projects associated 
with metrology of NO2 and emissions of NO2 and other air pollutants from 
vehicle exhausts.

The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of 
research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence 
Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the 
leading institutions in the UK for research. The proportion of research 
activity of world-leading, 4* status is among the highest of any UK 
university, and York is rated tenth out of 155 higher education 
institutions for the impact of its research.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful 
academic departments at York. The Department was placed in the top ten 
UK universities 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 

  * Role

You will carry out experiments on different NO_2calibration cylinders, 
which will be provided by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). You 
will use high sensitivity instruments to measure NO_2 in the cylinders 
based on photolytic conversion to NO followed by chemiluminescence 
measurement. The stability of the NO_2 in the cylinders will be 
assessed, along with potential contaminating species (e.g. HNO_3 ). You 
will also deploy the instruments on two field campaigns (in London and 
an atmospheric chamber in Germany), in order to compare with a variety 
of other NO_2 measurement techniques. The position will also involve the 
measurement of emission ratios of CO, hydrocarbons, NO, SO_2 , NH_3 and 
NO_2 to CO_2 from vehicle exhausts under real world driving conditions 
using a remote sensing technique. You will make measurements in York and 
London in the UK and in Delhi, India which will be used, along with flux 
measurements of the different pollutants, to help assess the validity of 
emission inventories.

  * Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You should have research expertise in data manipulation and knowledge of 
atmospheric in situ and remote sensing gas phase instrumentation. You 
should have a broad knowledge of atmospheric science, in particular 
knowledge of in situ / remote sensing techniques for measurement of gas 
phase atmospheric composition.

You will also have:

  * Highly developed communication skills including competency to make
    presentations at conferences
  * Ability and experience of writing up research work for publication
  * Ability and experience of developing research objectives, projects
    and proposals and conducting research projects

You are expected to have an appropriate PhD level qualification 
commensurate with the job description for the post. As well as being 
suitable for candidates with a background in chemistry, this appointment 
would also equally suit you if you have an appropriate background in 
Physics or Engineering.

The post is fixed-term for an initial period of 18 months, with the 
possibility of extension to 24 months, and will be available from 1st 
December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof James Lee (james.lee at york.ac.uk 
<mailto:james.lee at york.ac.uk>).

/The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and 
skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and 
egalitarian community in which all can thrive.

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