Research Associate in Ozone Photochemistry
University of York Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Research Associate in Ozone Photochemistry

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time (flexibility available)
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:32,817 - 40,322 a year
Interview Date:14/07/2021
Posted Date:19/05/2021
Apply by:16/06/2021
Job Reference:9423

Role Description


The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) are recruiting a Research Associate to improve understanding of ozone in UK cities. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, when traffic related NO2 was significantly reduced in cities across the UK, there was a concurrent increase in ozone, demonstrating the potential for ozone to become a pollutant of concern in a future, low NOx environment.

This post will provide a detailed study into ozone photochemistry, initially by making a comprehensive set of VOC measurements during two campaigns in Manchester as part of the Integrated Research Observation System for Clean Air (OSCA) project. Data will then be used in a photochemical model, to assess ozone formation pathways. The findings will be expanded to examine other cities to better understand ozone formation and the likely impact of future reductions of NOx.

WACL is the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facility in the UK, home to more than 65 researchers.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful departments at York and we are renowned internationally for our research. As a department, we strive to provide a working environment that allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena Swan Gold Award.  


This role is funded by the NERC OSCA project and you will conduct research supervised by Professors James Lee and Jacqui Hamilton and Dr Andrew Rickard, specifically:

  • Making measurements of a comprehensive range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during field campaigns in Manchester using multi-dimensional gas chromatography and providing statistical correlations of the campaign data to more standard VOC measurements.
  • Development and validation of a chemical box model in order to provide an assessment of ozone formation pathways.
  • Consideration of how research findings can be generalised and made applicable to other cities to further improve the understanding of urban ozone globally.
  • Collaborate with other scientific and policy staff.

Where appropriate you will:

  • assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and research proposals
  • provide guidance to other staff and students
  • write up research results and disseminate them through publications
  • assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A degree in physics, maths, chemistry, or related subject and a PhD in atmospheric science
  • Experience in atmospheric VOC measurements and atmospheric modelling
  • Knowledge of urban air pollution / ozone photochemistry, especially environmental data analysis
  • Experience with programmatic ways of working with data
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to write-up research work for publications and to present to conferences
  • Ability and experience to develop research objectives and carry out individual and collaborative projects, planning and prioritising own work in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work closely with others within a team environment and to work independently using own initiative with attention to detail and a commitment to high-quality research
  • Commitment to and Understanding of Equality and Diversity Issues

Interview date: 14 July 2021

For informal enquiries: contact Prof James Lee:

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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