Research Fellow in Atmospheric Chemistry

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Leeds, ENGLAND
Deadline: 12 Aug 2022

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Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background or interest in atmospheric chemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

 We are looking for an exceptional researcher to work on the ALPACA-UK project (AerosoL heterogeneous Processing as a source of oxidants in Cold winter Atmospheres: application to Alaska and UK) which was recently funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The ALPACA-UK project brings together leading expertise in experimental atmospheric photochemistry and in tropospheric chemical modelling from the School of Chemistry and the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, together with international partners in field measurements, multi-phase chemistry, and in emissions modelling.

 Air pollution is the leading environmental risk to human health. Wintertime pollution events lead to violations of air quality standards for particulate pollution in many regions of the world. Nitrous acid (HONO) is an important source of the chief atmospheric oxidant, OH, in polluted atmospheres. There is growing evidence that HONO produced via heterogeneous aerosol chemistry occurring on particle surfaces is important in wintertime conditions. The ALPACA-UK project will use aerosol filter samples and in-situ data collected during the international ALPACA field experiment , which took place in January and February 2022 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

 The overall aim of ALPACA-UK is to characterise the source of heterogeneous aerosol production of HONO in cold, low light conditions in a polluted urban atmosphere and to quantify the impact of this source on radical and oxidant budgets in wintertime polluted environments. The project will deliver new parameterisations and capabilities for including a heterogeneous HONO source in air quality models, including dependencies on aerosol composition. Outcomes will enable improved understanding and forecasting of wintertime air pollution across many regions of the world, where cold, low sunlight conditions occur in wintertime.

 There are collaborations with Project Partners who include The University of Alaska at Fairbanks ; The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry Mainz ; The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology , The University of California, Los Angeles ; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta , and LATMOS-CNRS, Paris and other members of the IGAC PACES initiative. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to visit Project Partner institutions, and will be expected to attend international ALPACA workshops.

You will also have opportunities for training in science and people management, science communication, and grant application writing, with the aim to develop a personal, independent career track.

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

 Dwayne Heard , Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6471


 Lisa Whalley , Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Atmospheric Science

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6594


 Steve Arnold , Professor of Atmospheric Composition

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7245


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Chemistry
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years (grant funding))
Release Date:  Wednesday 13 July 2022
Closing Date:  Friday 12 August 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSCH1066
Downloads:  Candidate Brief
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