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[Met-jobs] University of Cambridge, UK: Postdoc, Analysis of Organic Aerosols using Ultra-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry

From Markus Kalberer <>
Date Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:38:02 +0100

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Cambridge, UK

Analysis of Organic Aerosols from Laboratory and Field Samples using Ultra-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry

The composition of organic aerosols is poorly understood, mainly because of the highly complex compounds mixtures present in atmospheric aerosols.
Ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry techniques open the possibility to characterize these complex mixtures on a molecular level, giving unprecedented insights into particle sources and atmospheric formation and aging processes.  

In this project aerosol samples from atmospheric simulation chambers and ambient samples from a variety of locations will be analyzed to compare and identify secondary organic aerosol formation processes in laboratory experiments and the ambient atmosphere. A variety of ionisation techniques are available for the mass spectrometry analyses coupling online the new smog chamber at the University of Cambridge with an ultra-high resolution mass spectrometer. A main emphasis of this project will be development and application of statistical analyses to compare laboratory and field data.

Applicants should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in a relevant field and be highly motivated with a strong interest and experience in mass spectrometry, atmospheric simulation chamber experiments and/or statistical methods.

Salary: £27,578-£35,938 per annum

Application deadline: 15 August 2012

This is a fixed term contract for a period of 2 years with the possibility for extension.

Applications should include a CV and publications list, contact details for three professional referees, and a completed form CHRIS/6 Parts I and III (downloadable from and should be sent in electronic form to Dr Markus Kalberer (

Dr. Markus Kalberer
University of Cambridge
Department of Chemistry
Center for Atmospheric Sciences
Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW, UK

Tel:  +44(0)1223 33 63 92
Fax: +44(0)1223 33 63 62

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