Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Laboratory Studies of Heterogeneous Ice Nucleation, University of Cambridge

Cambridge, ENGLAND | about 3 years ago

Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Laboratory Studies of Heterogeneous Ice Nucleation
Department of Chemistry
Vacancy Reference No: MA08919  Salary: £27,428-£35,788

Limit of tenure applies*

The formation and effects of clouds are among the most uncertain factors in the climate system. Especially poorly understood is the formation of cold clouds through the nucleation of ice on aerosol particles.

A post-doctoral researcher is required to join a large NERC-funded consortium which aims to reduce the uncertainty associated with aerosol-cloud interactions. Ice nucleation on a variety of particle types will be investigated using a single-particle electrodynamic balance (EDB). The work will include: instrument development work to adapt an existing EDB design, the preparation and characterisation of aerosol particles used for the heterogeneous nucleation experiments. A variety of aerosol particles will be investigated for their efficiency to act as ice nuclei. Mie scattering will be used to determine the onset of ice nucleation after collision between aerosol particle and droplet. The position will allow interaction with other UK groups using various experimental and modelling tools to investigate aerosol-cloud interactions.

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in atmospheric science or a related area, with a strong interest in instrument development.

The post is available immediately. Applications should include a CV, publications list, contact details for three professional referees, and a completed form CHRIS/6 Parts I and III (downloadable from, and should be sent to Dr Francis Pope, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (email: Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Pope or Dr Markus Kalberer (

* The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Closing date: 1 November 2011.

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