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Opportunities from the EUROCHAMP-2020 community

Two-year post-doctoral position at INFN (Genoa, Italy) - Deadline not specified

The position: the activity will focus on the set-up and characterization of the atmospheric simulation chamber in Genoa, as well as the set-up of a protocol for experiments on bio-aerosol inside the chamber.
Formal requirements and skills: master degree
Salary and location: 1.500-1.600€ net. Genoa, Italy
Contact: The official application will open soon. Interested candidates are strongly invited to contact Prof. Paolo Prati (



Research Associate at CNRS-Orleans (France) - Deadline 31st May, 2017

The region Centre-Val de Loire Ambition for Research and Development 2020 (ARD 2020) PIVOTS (Environmental Technology Innovation, Development and Optimisation Platforms project) Programme is supported by LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies for the attraction and recruitment of international experienced researchers and scientific animation.
The PIVOTS Programme is a coordinated set of experimental and analytical platforms focused on environmental quality monitoring and sustainable management of natural resources (soil, subsurface, surface water, groundwater, sediment and air) within a context of global change.
Innovation in the area of the environment, eco-technology, and eco-services is a major challenge for sustainable development in today’s societies. Innovations may arise from an integrated approach based research involving academic and industrial experts together at all stages of the value chain, from fundamental research to validation of products and services. The goal of the PIVOTS is to accomplish this integration and to promote the emergence of an economic stream in the area of environmental metrology, remediation processes and associated services. PIVOTS is targeting researchers who embody, in their profile, the three key words that drive the research values of LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies: Curiosity, Imagination and Intuition. 
The successful candidate will benefit from the scientific environment of the region, will be part of an outward looking and stimulating pluri-disciplinary scientific and international cultural environment and will work under the leadership of the Atmospheric Reactivity Group at ICARE- CNRS, in Orleans, France.

Scientific research context
Atmospheric simulation chambers are among the most advanced tools for investigating the atmospheric processes to derive physico-chemical parameters which are required for air quality and climate models. Recently, the ICARE-CNRS in Orléans (France) has set up a new large outdoor hemispherical simulation chamber (HELIOS – volume of 90 m3) positioned on the top of its building. The platform is one of the most advanced simulation and largest outdoor chambers in Europe and is especially suited to the physico-chemical processes studies performed under realistic atmospheric conditions. The chamber is made of FEP film ensuring more than 90 % solar light transmission and is protected against severe meteorological conditions by a movable protection unit. HELIOS is mainly dedicated to the investigation of the chemical processes under different conditions (sunlight, artificial light and dark). The platform allows conducting the same type of experiments under both natural and artificial light irradiation. The available large range of complementary and highly sensitive instruments allows investigating the radical chemistry, gas phase processes and aerosol formation under realistic conditions.

Mission of the research scientist
The research scientist will conduct state of the art investigations of atmospheric chemical processes using the existing analytical tools and contributing to the development a new advanced instrumentation to be used within the Atmospheric Reactivity Platform (PRAT). The processes to be studied involve radical gas phase chemistry as well as secondary organic aerosol formation and chemical composition. 
The research scientist will be asked to actively participate in the research projects of the atmospheric reactivity group using the PRAT platform.

Essential skills and experience
Senior researcher profile with:
- publications and significant international networks;
- ability to mobilize the literature and to build a testable hypothesis;
- research experience in the field of study, able to innovate and interact with diverse stakeholders including industry;
- Proven ability to control the whole research chain from the definition of the problem to the communication of results, both for academic, industrial R&D and non-academic audiences;
- Experience and motivation for team work and ability to establish fruitful scientific exchanges with researchers and actors of different technical and scientific cultures;
- Experience in the atmospheric chemistry field, kinetic and mechanistic studies as well as radical chemistry; 
- Experience in analytics methods; 
- Experience in the study by-products degradation mechanisms;
- Ability to initiate new projects in the field of atmospheric chemistry;
- Strong organisational and time management skills – able to prioritize work, manage time effectively and deliver results on time;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to make clear and concise presentations and prepare compelling grant proposals.

Online application via LE STUDIUM platform:
The deadline to apply is 31st May, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Positions are expected to be filled in October 2017.
The application will consist of three elements:
- A completed online LE STUDIUM application form with personal information and details of track records;
- A curriculum vitae of maximum two pages including information not in the online application;
- A motivation letter.

Postdoctoral fellow at PSI - Deadline not specified 

Study of Sources of Organic Aerosols using novel off-line techniques based on electron impact, soft ionization mass spectrometry and other methods. Your tasks:

- Responsible for the analysis of various filters across the world including China, India, Iran, Poland and others;
- Running the aerosol mass spectrometers in the lab including improvement of the methods;
- Source apportionment of data using advanced positive matrix factorization;
- Support in guidance of PhD students and supervisions of interns; 
- High quality publications of the research results

Modelling position at the University of York - Deadline: 5 march 2017
A fixed term postdoctoral appointment is available to start as soon as possible for an initial period of 18 months, with the possibility of extension to 24 months in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, part of the Department of Chemistry, to support the NERC funded project “Mechanisms for Atmospheric chemistry: GeneratioN, Interpretation and FidelitY (MAGNIFY)”.



Other opportunities

Lecturer in Atmospheric Chemistry at RMIT (Melbourne, Australia) - Deadline: 9 April 2017

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.  Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

Situated within the College of Science, Engineering and Health, the School of Science provides over 45 bachelor and postgraduate programs, and undertakes world class research across the disciplines of physical sciences, mathematical sciences and computer science.

One of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental analysis, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas.

The School has staff, students and facilities on both the City and Bundoora campuses, has 300 staff, 327 higher degree research students, 3347 coursework students and an annual budget of $120 million.

The Role and Your Responsibilities
The Lecturer in Atmospheric Chemistry will contribute to the teaching and research activities in the area of Environmental Science. You will work collaboratively and collegially with fellow academics to make a significant contribution to research by establishing and maintaining memberships, links and partnerships with academic, industry and professional communities leading to publications, grants and contracts. As part of a team, you will be responsible for the development and delivery of innovative courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level for programs, and for delivery of quality field work exercises. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills together with knowledge of academic administration particularly in relation to student related issues are essential.

Skills & Experience Required
To be eligible to apply, candidates must have a PhD in environmental chemistry, or equivalent, and demonstrated expertise in the atmospheric chemistry of particulate materials. You will have a focus on the analytical science of their contamination by trace organic chemicals or metals and associated environmental and human health risks.

You will have demonstrated ability to teach into core courses of Environmental Science programs and the ability to prepare high quality curriculum and course materials at tertiary level for undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Furthermore, you will have a demonstrated ability to undertake independent research that will contribute to existing School research areas, as evidenced by a strong research track record in publications, development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding, and building industry links and/or international collaborations

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Blended teaching / research postdoc position at University of San Diego (USA) Dealine not specified

A blended teaching / research postdoctoral position is advertised at David De Haan research group. Starting this June, it will be focused on aqueous mechanisms of brown carbon aerosol formation. This NSF-funded position is specifically designed to groom candidates for careers at research-active PUIs, by including opportunities to teach and mentor undergraduate researchers.
Good candidates who are interested in becoming PUI faculty, you are encouraged to apply.

The postdoctoral position is posted with this reference #IRC22856 in the USD’s iRecruitment website:
It can also be easily located by searching “chemistry” in the job listings on the site.

Contact information
Pr. David De Haan / Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of San Diego / 5998 Alcala Park / San Diego CA 92110
Office: (858) 260-6882 / Fax: (858) 260-2211

Post-doctoral Researcher at the The University of Helsinki
Reaction kinetics and oxidation chemistry
 Deadline: 13 March.2017
The Department of Chemistry of The University of Helsinki invites applications for a tree-year fixed term: Postdoctoral researcher position starting earliest April 1st 2017. Starting date is negotiable. The position will be filled with a 4-month trial period.
The position is available in the reaction kinetics and oxidation chemistry -research group led by Academy Research Fellow Arkke Eskola. While the group has concentrated mainly on experimental research, current position is for a candidate with significant, proven expertise in computational reaction kinetics, especially in reactive potential energy surface calculations (using Gaussian, Molpro etc.) and in master equation simulations. Objective is close interaction between experimental and computational research in the group.
The research interests of the group focus on reaction kinetics and oxidation chemistry in gas-phase under low-temperature combustion and atmospheric conditions. The selected candidate is expected to carry out research on the following systems: low-temperature combustion (oxidation) of resonantly-stabilized radicals; unimolecular and bimolecular reactions of stabilized Criegee intermediates.
The candidate is expected to be creative and motivated with a PhD degree in chemistry, physics, or related fields. Proven expertise, by scientific articles, in computational reaction kinetics is required, while practical experience in experimental research is highly appreciated (but not required). Good English language (oral and written) skills are required.
For further inquiries regarding the position, please contact Academy Research Fellow Arkke Eskola ( For more information on the research group and publications, see both and
Application should include (1) CV with a list of publications, (2) contact details for two references, (3) a brief description of research experience (1 – 2 pages), and (4) a copy of PhD’s degree certificate.
Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link ( Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is March 13th 2017.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Evaluating Aerosol Hygroscopicity and Optical Properties in Climate Models using in-situ Measurements - Deadline: 3 March 2017  
This project will use global in-situ measurements of aerosol hygroscopicity that will be evaluated in global climate models. The position will be part of the project “Evaluation and improvement of the parameterization of aerosol hygroscopicity in global climate models using in-situ surface measurements” which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).