Research Associate in Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Modelling

University of Bristol - School of Chemistry

Rising greenhouse gas concentrations are causing the climate to change. However, there is still much we do not understand about how and why the concentrations of these gases fluctuate from one year to the next. The University of Bristol Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) is involved in world-class measurement and modelling activities that aim to better understand these changes in atmospheric composition. Projects are under way in the ACRG that combine data and models to investigate greenhouse gas sources and sinks from urban to global scales. The successful applicant will join the ACRG modelling team, which currently consists of three PDRAs, three PhD students, two academics, and one visiting professor. Depending on interests, the post holder will have the opportunity to join a range of on-going projects. This could include:

  1. modelling of the atmospheric dispersion of megacity CO2 and CH4 and the estimation of urban emissions using dense in situ networks and satellite data;
  2. global modelling of CO2, CH4, and/or halocarbons (e.g. CFCs, HFCs) using a three-dimensional atmospheric chemical transport models, and the estimation of sources and sinks using cutting edge Bayesian methods;
  3. estimation of national-scale greenhouse gas emissions using atmospheric data and high resolution models;
  4. the development of Bayesian and big data methods for data/model fusion.

We are seeking applicants with a strong background in physical or environmental sciences, mathematics, or computing. The project does not require a background in chemistry. The work will involve modelling and statistics, but prior knowledge of the exact methods employed is not a requirement, if a sufficiently numerate and enthusiastic candidate applies. The successful applicant will need to work well in a team, and be able to communicate well with other researchers, policy makers, and the public.

You will have the opportunity to present the outcomes of your work in high-impact scientific journals, project meetings, and at international conferences (e.g. the American Geophysical Union).

The contract will be offered on an open-ended basis with funding currently secured for 2 years.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Matt Rigby (matt.rigby@bristol.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 15th July 2018. It is envisaged that interviews will be held in July 2018.

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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