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Scientist at PSI: Studies on SOA in simulation chambers - Deadline ASAP

Posted on the 31/03/2017 

For the Smog Chamber Group which is part of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute) is looking for a scientist on secondary organic aerosol.

Your tasks are related to the European infrastructure project EUROCHAMP2020, which fosters European smog chambers as user labs, promotes collaborations between the chambers, develops experimental standardizations, improves chamber as well as measurement capabilities and develops dedicated models for chamber characterization and SOA formation.

 You will:
  - Link with international users, organize and perform joint experiments
 - Maintain and improve the chamber operation, instrumental and measurement capacity
 - Build up a platform for standardized black carbon measurements
 - Establish protocols for chamber experiments
 - Initiate and perform studies to improve our mechanistic understanding of secondary organic aerosol
 - Develop model tools for the analysis of chamber experiments

Your profile: You hold a PhD in chemistry and have outstanding academic qualifications. Additionally you provide experience in the operation of a smog chamber and excellent skills in the operation of a smog chamber and various instrumental techniques. As an innovative experimentalist you are a highly self-motivated, diligent and independent individual. You like to organize and coordinate campaigns at the smog chamber, to perform logistical planning and the experimental setup. Further you are interested to work in a team with members of our group and multiple collaborators.

We offer: Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.

This is a fixed-term position. The employment contract will initially be limited to three years.

For further information please contact Dr. Josef Dommen, phone +41 56 310 29 92 or Prof. Dr. Urs Baltensperger, phone +41 56 310 24 08.
Please submit your application at this link.

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

Research Fellow in Air Pollution at the air pollution/atmospheric chemistry research group at the University of Birmingham Deadline: 8th of May 2017

Applications are invited for a 36 month Postdoctoral Research Fellow post in Birmingham, to participate in field measurement campaigns in Delhi, and to carry out offline physical and chemical analyses of airborne particles collected using a number of analytical approaches such as Nanoscale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer, Transmission Electron Microscope and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer. The offline data will be integrated with other online and semi-online analyses (e.g., size distribution, metal, isotope and Aerosol Mass Spectrometer data) to understand the sources of PM2.5 and the formation mechanisms of haze particles under different atmospheric conditions (e.g., winter vs. summer, fog vs. non-fog). 

Delhi is one of the world’s most polluted cities, with millions of inhabitants experiencing air pollution which substantially exceeds national and international standards.  Research to identify sources and process responsible for poor air quality in Delhi is urgently needed, to support the development of efficient policies reduce pollution levels and improve human and environmental health.

The UK Natural Environment Research Council, in collaboration with Indian funders, have developed the research programme “Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in an Indian Megacity (APHH-India)” with a view to generating both a better understanding of the air pollution phenomena in Delhi and surrounding areas and the options for mitigation. The University of Birmingham leads the “An Integrated Study of Air Pollutant Sources in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR): ASAP-Delhi” project within this programme; ASAP-Delhi will support a range of measurement and modelling activities conducted by the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in the UK, and by the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and National Physical Laboratory in Delhi.

The applicant will join the air pollution / atmospheric chemistry research group at the University of Birmingham, with field, laboratory and model activity ranging from source and emissions measurements to model and experimental studies of vegetation - climate interaction. They will have the opportunity to interact with the wider group, and to contribute to PhD and Masters student supervision  For more information click here: 

Detailed job description and how to apply:

  Air pollution research 

Research associate to measure the chemical composition of aerosols in the atmosphere - Deadline: ASAP

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU-Boulder and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Chemical Sciences Division (CSD, are seeking a research associate to measure the chemical composition of aerosols in the atmosphere. The successful candidate will obtain and analyze field measurements of single-particle composition from NASA ATom ( and other field campaigns in support of NOAA and CIRES air quality and climate goals. Research foci include investigating the abundance, sources, transport, and removal of mineral dust, biomass burning, sea salt, and other climate relevant aerosol.  The project will involve collaborations with external modeling groups to incorporate aerosol measurements into global climate simulations.

Background information about the Cloud and Aerosol Processes research group including previous publications and projects is available at

The initial term of the appointment is for one year, with expectation of renewal for up to three years. Review of applications will start in April, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

For further information, contact Dr. Karl Froyd (
To apply click here:


Atmospheric Chemistry Postdoctoral Researcher - Deadline : ASAP

Department of Environmental Toxicology - UC Davis

Application review begin date:  Immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

Start dates: Flexible, but expected around Fall of 2017.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric instrumental analysis to join Tran Nguyen’s lab at the University of California, Davis. The project is focused on exploring chemical mechanisms of gases and aerosols in the atmosphere using an environmental simulation chamber and in-situ + offline characterization. The ideal candidate should have a strong foundation in chemistry, with an interdisciplinary skill set. The postdoc will be responsible for optimizing a photochemical chamber to run experiments under highly controlled conditions, developing instrument protocols,  collecting  and  analyzing  a  variety  of  data,  and  communicating  the  project findings via presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

The appointment is for one-year, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

 A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical/Environmental Engineering, or related field
 Experience designing, planning, and executing atmospheric chamber experiments
 Experience with atmospheric monitoring instruments
Strong   communication   skills   and   an   ability   to   work   both   independently   and collaboratively
 Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.
The following qualifications are desirable, but not required:

 Experience with scientific programming (e.g., Matlab, Labview, Python, etc.)
 Experience with mass spectrometry development, analysis, and interpretation

Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and are commensurate with applicant  experience.  As  reference,  salary  for  a  1st   year  Postdoc  is  $48,216  with  full benefits.

How to apply:
The application should include: (1) CV including publications and awards, (2) a short statement of qualifications and research interests, and (3) name and contact information for 3 references. Send all questions and materials to Tran Nguyen,, with the subject line: “Chamber research postdoc application.”

For more information, visit:


CIRES/CSD 2 years Research Associate - Deadline: ASAP

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study the composition and transformation of organic compounds in the atmosphere. The successful candidate will maintain and operate the NOAA H3O+ TOF CIMS instrument, participate in laboratory and field experiments, and perform data analysis to improve our scientific understanding of the effects of biomass burning, biogenic, and anthropogenic emissions on the atmosphere.

The position is located in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL) in Boulder, CO, and this work will be carried out as part of a team of federal and CIRES scientists in the Chemical Sciences Division ( of NOAA ESRL. The initial appointment will be for 2 years with a main focus on the deployment of an H3O+ TOF CIMS on the NOAA WP-3D aircraft during the NOAA FIREX mission ( This position has the possibility of extension following exemplary performance.

Key Responsibilities
• Maintain and operate the NOAA H3O+ TOF CIMS instrument in the laboratory and in the field. Design, test, and implement upgrades to this instrument as needed.
• Carry out atmospheric measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) aboard the NOAA WP-3D research aircraft and other platforms. Perform data reduction, critical evaluation, and archiving of the data.
• Excel under pressure as part of a dynamic field research group to prepare for and participate in FIREX airborne and ground based deployments.
• Analyze the data, in conjunction with other FIREX measurements and model results, to evaluate and improve current understanding of wildfires in the western US by characterizing the emissions, the processes that affect them, their chemical transformation, and the climate- and air quality-relevant consequences. 
• Identify and carry out novel analyses leading to the presentation of scientific results at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals. 

Skills and Qualifications 
• A Ph.D. in a physical science (physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related field) is required. Proven capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research as documented by first-authored publications.
• Proven experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of custom-built scientific instrumentation. 
• Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research environment. 
▪ Ability to perform required duties associated with ~2 month field deployments in support of the FIREX mission. 
• Ability to program and/or process scientific data using advanced programs preferably Igor Pro and LabView or others such as Python, Matlab, R. 

Contact information:
Dr. Carsten Warneke
(303) 497-3601
 NOAA ESRL CSD Projects: FIREX 2015-2019

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

To Apply check out:


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).