The Air Quality Research Center, University of California, Davis is recruiting two talented postdoctoral researchers to support research activities on the measurement of elements and carbon in particulate matter samples. In particular, we are looking for two experts with strong scientific background, good communication skills, solid data analysis and graphing skills, and experience in at least one of the following areas:
1. Laboratory and/or field studies of atmospheric chemistry.
2. Aerosol formation including wet chemistry skills necessary to research compounds to generate reference materials for particulate matter measurements.
3. Operation and data interpretation of aerosol instrumentation, particularly x-ray fluorescence, inductively coupled mass spectrometry, and/or thermal optical OCEC analyzers.
4. Complex data analysis of large datasets for spatiotemporal trends.
The selected candidates will join a growing team working on the National Park Service Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) and Environmental Protection Agency Chemical Speciation Network (CSN) programs at the University of California, Davis. They will work with Krystyna Trzepla, Xiaolu Zhang, Jason Giacomo, Warren White, and Nicole Hyslop along with other researchers in the program. Other duties commensurate with the researcher's qualifications will be assigned. There is also expected to be some scope for the researchers to conduct independent work, including advanced analyses of other data and preparation of papers for publication in scholarly journals.
The UC Davis Air Quality Research Center (AQRC) is a growing interdisciplinary Organized Research Unit (ORU). Its mission is to facilitate research on the scientific, engineering, health, social, and economic aspects of gaseous and particulate atmospheric pollutants. AQRC analyzes particulate matter samples for the United States National Park Service (NPS) Interagency Monitoring for Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chemical Speciation Network (CSN). IMPROVE was established in 1985 to monitor visibility in the National Parks and Wilderness Areas, and AQRC operates over 150 air pollution sampling sites for IMPROVE, as well as analyzes samples, processes the analysis data, and delivers data to the NPS and EPA. CSN collects samples in an urban monitoring network with over 140 sites. For CSN, AQRC analyzes samples, processes the analysis data, and delivers data to the EPA.
Screening of applications will begin immediately, and recruitment will continue until the positions are filled. Interviews with applicants will be scheduled via phone or videoconference. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits, including health insurance, retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, and support to a successful career in scientific research. The successful candidates will be encouraged to submit the output of their work to scientific conferences and professional meetings. Pending acceptance of the work, and funding availability, they will receive support for the attendance of these meetings.
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