Post-doctoral Position for Genome-Wide Epigenetic Analysis
Jülich Research Centre

Job description:

Your Job:

The secondary atmospheric aerosol is particularly challenging due to its complex chemical transformation in the atmosphere. Besides low to extremely low volatility organic compounds, secondary aerosols involve mineral acids and ammonia. Organic compounds constitute about half of fine atmospheric aerosols. With this PhD work you will investigate how the recently discovered group of highly oxygenated organic molecules contribute to the atmospheric secondary aerosol formation, considering current and future climate conditions. Your tasks in detail:

  • Perform studies in our new continuous STirred Atmospheric flow Reactor (SAPHIR-STAR)
  • Investigate the atmospheric oxidation process of organic compounds, integrating:

a) characterization of highly oxygenated organic molecules in the gas-phase. b) determination of their vapour pressures and partitioning into the particulate phase c) formation of secondary aerosol in interaction highly oxygenated organic molecule of with ammonia, sulfuric, and nitric acid.

  • Apply state of the art chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS) within your studies

Your Profile:

  • Master degree in physics, chemistry, environmental sciences or a related field
  • Knowledge about mass spectrometry and physical or analytical chemistry is advantageous
  • High level of teamwork for the planning and execution of experiments as the interpretation of the complex chemical processes is only possible by involving other accompanying measurements.

Our Offer:

  • An exciting, interdisciplinary team work, within an European project
  • Excellent scientific environment and technical facilities
  • Broad spectrum of training in the Graduate School HITEC ( and the Forschungszentrum
  • Continuous, professional support by your scientific supervisor
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Usually a contract for the duration of 3 years
  • Payment und social benefits based on the labour agreement of the public sector employment (TVöD)

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

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