PDRA in Atmospheric Chemistry (Maternity Cover)
University of York Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom

PDRA in Atmospheric Chemistry (Maternity Cover)

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Fixed term
£32,236 - £39,609 a year
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The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate (maternity cover) to develop new methods to investigate the sources of secondary organic aerosols in three polluted megacities (London, Beijing and Delhi).


 WACL is the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facility in the UK. Home to more than 65 researchers with interests in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry, WACL supports an exceptional research environment, providing access to state of the art facilities and a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise.


The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.




In urban areas, particulate matter is one of the most important pollutants for human health effects, leading to increases in respiratory diseases and premature mortality. During recent measurements in Beijing we identified a large source of nitrophenol compounds that have the potential to impact health of humans and aquatic systems and act as brown carbon.  This post will involve using high resolution mass spectrometry to quantify nitrophenol formation from aromatic compounds using experiments carried out at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (China) simulation chamber.


You will also be responsible for:

  • conducting individual and collaborative research projects
  • analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods
  • the writing and publication of quality manuscripts, as well as delivering presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events
  • contributing to the preparation of research proposals and applications to external bodies
  • Where appropriate you would be expected to provide help in supporting the work of other researchers in atmospheric chemistry including PhD students and other staff members.


Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Undergraduate degree in any STEM discipline and have a PhD in Atmospheric Science or related field or equivalent experience
  • Well-developed atmospheric science skills and attention to detail and commitment to high quality research. 
  • Knowledge and experience of using instrumental methods to characterise aerosol composition.
  • Highly developed communication skills and the ability to write up research work for publication and make presentations at internationally recognised conferences
  • Ability conduct individual and collaborative research projects and to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, exhibiting self-initiative
  • Commitment to high quality research, a collaborative ethos and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students


The post is full time and fixed-term for a period of up to 9 months and will be available from 1st August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Salary from £32,236 - £39,609 on Grade 6 of the University's salary scales.


Informal enquiries to Dr Jacqui Hamilton (jacqui.hamilton@york.ac.uk).


The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.

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