Post-Doctoral/Research Fellow in Modelling of Atmospheric Composition Impacts National University of Ireland, Galway, School of Physics Ireland

NUIG 016-18, Post-Doctoral/Research Fellow, Modelling of Atmospheric Composition Impacts, Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS)’,School of Physics


Post-Doctoral/Research Fellow

Modelling of Atmospheric Composition Impacts


Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS)’

School of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway

Ref. No. NUIG 016-18


Applicationsare invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher orResearch Fellow in the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS), NUI Galway. The position contributes to the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Centre on Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) and is available from 1st April, initially for up to two years, with a possible extension.  The position will be supervised by Professor Colin O’Dowd (


C-CAPS conduct research into atmospheric composition change and its influence on air pollution and climate change. More detail is found on  The research position is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland as part of the Observations and Monitoring for Marine & Renewable Energy spoke to the Marine & Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) research centre ( The position is associated with the sub-project High-Resolution Marine Meteorology Observation and Forecasting: Remote Sensing, Modelling, Data Assimilation and Integration.


Research Description:  The aim of the research is to improve the accuracy and spatial-temporal resolution of observations and forecasting of weather and atmospheric composition through the development of hi-resolution models and integration of Earth Observation data streams using data assimilation and data fusion techniques. The Earth Observation and forecasting system, StreamAIR, will simultaneously generate downstream products for multiple end users: marine meteorology (e.g. wind, radiation, turbulence) for the marine renewable energy research community and clouds/icing, air pollution/ash, wind shear etc. for the aviation community. The position will develop and oversee operational forecast modelling of marine meteorology and atmospheric composition, in particular, aerosols, clouds and radiation in the context of the energy budget, renewable energy and climate change.  In addition, development of the models will include data assimilation and model evaluation. The current model of choice is WRF-CHEM.  


Qualifications and Experience: The ideal candidate must have a PhD in atmospheric composition/meteorology research along with collective experience in meteorological and atmospheric composition modelling (e.g. air pollution, airborne hazard dispersion or climate modelling). Additional experience in data assimilation and remote sensing of aerosol and clouds would be desirable. The successful candidate would join an effective and synergetic team of six recently established to deliver the research advances and forecasting operational system required to meet the objectives of the programme.


For appointment at the Research Fellow level, the candidate should have 10 years experience in addition to a PhD and should have a track record of interaction with key actors across the EU and beyond along with interacting with relevant funding agencies; development of National EO-Modelling strategies; and harmonisation Ireland’s atmospheric composition modelling activities on the European stage.


Salary range:       €39,138 – €58,016 per annum.                                              

Start date: Position is available from 1st April 2018


Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway  For information on moving to Ireland please see .   Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to


To Apply: Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Please put reference number NUIG 016-18 in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Thursday 1st March 2018.

National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment



Closing Date: Thursday, 01 Mar 2018

Application: NUIG 016-18, Post-Doctoral/Research Fellow, School of Physics

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