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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Atmospheric Data Science

University of York - Department of Chemistry

Location: York
Salary: £32,236 to £34,188
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th October 2018
Closes: 9th November 2018
Job Ref: 7060

The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to develop innovative numerical methods of analysis for the interpretation of trends, sources, and behaviours of air pollution at local, national, and global scales.

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

This research role is primarily focused on the development of numerical techniques that support the interpretation of recent trends in air pollution, identification of pollution sources, and de-convolving the influence of emissions and meteorology. The position would be based in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories working with a range of different academic staff.

You will also be responsible for the development of innovative data approaches and numerical methods for air pollution analysis, and apply those methods to improve understanding of trends and behaviour in pollution in different locations using a range of different data sources, both research and regulatory.

The successful applicant will lead on the development and testing of data-driven methods of research in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories; generate and analyse the research data from multiple sources; and lead the production of research outputs (papers and presentations). Where appropriate you would be expected to provide help in supporting the work of other researchers in atmospheric chemistry, including PhD students and other staff members.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed:

  • Undergraduate degree in any STEM discipline and have a PhD in Atmospheric Science or related field or equivalent experience
  • Well-developed mathematical and computing skills and attention to detail and commitment to high quality research. 
  • Knowledge of air pollution datasets, emissions datasets (e.g. remote sensing), and meteorological normalisation techniques used for air pollution research.
  • Knowledge of numerical methods, machine learning, data basing techniques, and scientific computing needed to engage in high quality research.
  • Highly developed communication skills and the ability to write up research work for publication and make presentations at internationally recognised conferences.
  • Ability conduct individual and collaborative research projects and to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative.

The post is full time and fixed-term for a period of 18 months and will be available from 1st February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries to Prof Alastair Lewis (

Recruitment reference: 7060

This post is available on a fixed-term basis for 18 months.

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