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Research Fellow in Biomass Burning and Air Pollution Modelling

University of Leeds - Faculty of Environment - School of Earth and Environment

Location: Leeds
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum - Due to funding limitations, an appointment will not be made above £34,804 p.a. (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2021
Closes: 5th March 2021
Job Ref: ENVEE1445

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Working time: 100% - We will consider job share/flexible working arrangements

Contract type: Fixed term (until 30th September 2023)

Would you like to help improve knowledge of health risks due to climate change?  Do you have a background in atmospheric modelling?  Would you like the opportunity to work with a large interdisciplinary team of international research groups?

We seek to appoint a research fellow in biomass burning and air pollution modelling within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds, as part of the ACRoBEAR project. ACRoBEAR is a €2M project, involving 10 research organisations across seven nations, funded under the Belmont Forum Climate, Environment and Health research action. Its aim is to predict and understand health risks from wildfire air pollution and natural-focal disease at high latitudes, under rapid Arctic climate change. The successful candidate will lead analysis of biomass burning contributions to degradations in present-day and future high latitude air quality, and will collaborate extensively with international partners from across the project.

In this role, you will undertake and analyse pan-Arctic simulations of atmospheric composition using the UKESM Earth system model framework, working in close collaboration with partners from the UK Met Office. A major aspect of the work will be to use scenarios of future climate change and an online coupled wildfire model to estimate potential emissions and air quality impacts from high latitude vegetation fires over the coming century. You will also work closely with regional modelling and fire modelling teams from the ACRoBEAR group to improve estimates of pollutant emissions from high latitude vegetation fires, and to evaluate their contributions to air pollutant abundances in key regions of Alaska, Russia and Scandinavia, using satellite and ground-based datasets. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of researchers across climate, health and social science disciplines, and to take a leading and active role in international project meetings.

You will have a PhD in atmospheric science or climate science, including experience of running and analysing numerical models. You will have a proven ability to tackle complex science problems using a combination of models and observations, and an enthusiasm to work closely with international collaborators across disciplines.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Steve Arnold, Associate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3745

Email: s.arnold@leeds.ac.uk

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