[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc in Air Quality or Atmospheric Chemistry at Boston University
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Wed Jul 18 21:59:24 MDT 2018
Postdoctoral Position at Boston University, Department of Earth &
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The Geddes Research Group in the Department of Earth & Environment at
Boston University (http://sites.bu.edu/jged) is seeking a postdoctoral
candidate interested in working in the general areas of either (1) air
quality remote sensing, or (2) atmospheric chemistry modeling.
(1) This postdoctoral fellow will lead research exploring intra-urban and
urban-to-rural gradients in reactive trace gas column densities (e.g. NO2
and HCHO), using an urban network of ground-based Pandora spectrometers
collocated with a variety of supporting ground-based instrumentation,
satellite-based measurements, and coincident model output. Specific project
goals can be defined in collaboration with the candidate’s interests and
expertise, but could include: establishing their value in understanding
urban atmospheric chemistry and ozone production in a coastal environment;
or reconciling remote sensing and in-situ observations by considering
surface emissions, meteorology, boundary layer mixing, and chemistry.
Previous experience with ground-based remote sensing techniques and trace
gas retrieval theory is preferred, but highly motivated recent graduates
with any background in air quality science are encouraged to apply.
(2) This postdoctoral fellow will lead research exploring how changes to
the biosphere can impact atmospheric reactivity and air quality, using a
chemical transport model, state-of-the-science remote sensing products, and
long-term in-situ monitoring observations. Specific project goals can be
defined in collaboration with the candidate’s interests and expertise, but
could include: investigating the effect of exceptional events on biogenic
emissions and deposition of trace gases; exploring the role of phenology on
interannual variability in atmospheric chemistry; or evaluating the impacts
of recent land use and land cover changes on local air quality by
incorporating new land cover remote sensing observations. Previous
experience with the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model and working with
high performance computing resources is preferred, but highly motivated
recent graduates with any background in atmospheric chemistry are
encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate(s) will benefit from an outstanding scientific
setting and collaborative research environment. The Department of Earth &
Environment at Boston University comprises of faculty from both natural and
social sciences, unified by themes of climate and sustainability, and
engaging in many cross-university collaborative efforts related to
human-environment interactions. The department is home to the BU Center for
Remote Sensing, an active cluster of faculty who are world leaders in this
field. The postdoc will have assistance from a full-time departmental
laboratory technician and a scientific programmer, and will also benefit
from close collaboration with other institutions in the Boston area.
The Geddes Group shares Boston University’s commitment to creating an
environment for learning, working, and living that is enriched by racial,
ethnic, and cultural diversity, and to cultivating an atmosphere of respect
for individual differences in life experience, religious belief, sexual
orientation, and gender identity. Applications from female and minority
candidates are strongly encouraged.
Interested applicants should contact Jeffrey Geddes directly (jgeddes [at]
bu.edu). Please include a CV, and names of up to three references.
Applicants are invited to include an optional cover letter that describes
how their experience may be relevant, and why they are interested in this
position. Position start date is as soon as possible, but can be discussed
depending on the candidate’s availability.
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