UK: Postdoctoral Associate in Modelling Atmospheric Chemistry and Transport at University of Edinburgh

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Description: Postdoctoral Associate in Modelling Atmospheric Chemistry and Transport of very short-lived halocarbons We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of atmospheric modelling of chemistry and transport of very short-loved halocarbons (VSLH), as part of a larger NERC consortium project entitled CAST (Co-ordinated Airborne Studies in the Tropics) led by the University of Cambridge. The employment period will be for 30 months from October, 2013.Based within the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, you will join a team of researchers studying various aspects of atmospheric composition, including land and ocean surface processes that help drive observed variability. We explore these themes using in situ and remotely sensed measurements, computers models, and advanced data analysis techniques. The principal aim of our research is to gain a better fundamental understanding of the atmosphere within the context of the broader Earth system. Our group website: http://www.palmergroup.org.

Within CAST you will work closely with modelling and measurement groups at the Universities of Cambridge, York, Manchester and Birmingham. You will lead the chemical interpretation of these observations using the GEOS-Chem chemistry transport model (http://www.geos-chem.org/) over and downwind of the field campaign site over Guam during January/February 2014.

Eligibility: You will be a self-motivated individual with the ability to take responsibility for the delivery of key components of the research project. You will be required to identify and refine the underlying research questions and to develop tools to address those questions. You will also be expected to present your results to the CAST consortium and to the broader scientific community including US-based project partners.You will have experience in developing and applying a global 3-D chemistry transport model and interpreting remotely sensed data. Knowledge of FORTRAN and IDL (or Python) computer languages are essential.

Fixed Term: 30 months

Salary Scale: £30,424 –  £36,298 pa

Vacancy Ref: 017987

Closing Date: 12-SEP-2013  at 5pm GMT

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