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Postdoctoral Research Associate in East Asian air pollution

£32,817 - £40,322 a year
Yorkshire And The Humber
University of York

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In contrast to many other regions, Eastern Asia (China) has seen rapid growth in ozone over the past two decades (http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.243) caused by increases in precursor emissions, predominantly NOx and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Whilst we can observe trends in ozone and NOx, tracking the long-term changes in VOC concentrations is challenging.

The remote Japanese island of Hateruma, off the coast of Taiwan, is subject to air that has seen recent emissions from China. In collaboration with the Japanese National Institute for Environmental Science (NIES), Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) will deploy a VOC measuring instrument to Hateruma to complement existing Japanese instrumentation. The role holder will be involved in the deployment, but focus on the interpretation and exploitation of the dataset. They will use these observations, together with the GEOSChem model of atmospheric chemistry and transport (http://www.geos-chem.org), to better constrain emissions of VOC in the region, improve understanding of trans-boundary air pollution processes and support ozone precursor emission controls policy.

We would expect this individual to conduct individual and collaborative research using appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of results, dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities. The role would also involve some organisational, teaching and administrative activities connected to the project, and where appropriate contribute to the preparation of research funding proposals and applications to external bodies, led by senior staff.


WACL are the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facilities in the UK. Home to >65 researchers with interests in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry, WACL supports an exceptional research environment, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities, such as the recent £2.5M Viking HPC facility and a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, 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 Award.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • Undergraduate science degree, PhD in atmospheric science/chemistry, related field or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of the functioning of atmospheric chemistry transport models and a good understanding of global atmospheric chemistry
  • Data analysis and scientific computing skills
  • Highly developed communication skills, including journal publications and orally at conference presentations
  • Ability to plan and prioritise in order to meet deadlines, exhibiting self-initiative
  • Highly motivated, professional work ethic, commitment to high quality research, collaborative ethos and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Interview date: 16 December 2019

For informal enquiries: Informal enquiries to Prof Mat Evans (mat.evans@york.ac.uk), Prof Alastair Lewis (ally.lewis@ncas.ac.uk) or Dr Stephen Andrews (stephen.andrews@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.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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