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[Met-jobs] Request to Advertise Research Associate Position

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Date Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:47:26 +0000



5-year Research Fellow in Atmospheric Numerical Modelling

University of Birmingham – School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences


Applicants are sought for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade 7 or above) position to work on a collaborative project entitled “Fundamental Studies of the Sources, Properties and Environmental Behaviour of Exhaust Nanoparticles from Road Vehicles” (FASTER). Funding has been awarded by the European Research Council for a €2.4M study involving creation of vehicle exhaust nanoparticles under controlled conditions in the engine laboratory, detailed chemical characterisation using novel techniques, study of the physico-chemico properties of major components of exhaust nanoparticles, field studies of the atmospheric distribution and behaviour of vehicle exhaust nanoparticles and development of street canyon scale and neighbourhood scale models of the behaviour of vehicle exhaust nanoparticles incorporating aerosol microphysics as informed by the chemical characterisation and laboratory studies. The successful candidate will work with Professor Rob MacKenzie and Dr Xiaoming Cai to implement the numerical modelling component of the study, which is led by Professor Roy Harrison. This research is part of a wider programme of work at the University of Birmingham studying the fundamental physical and chemical processes determining air pollutant concentrations and exposures in the urban atmosphere, with a focus on airborne particulate matter.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in atmospheric science, or a related highly numerate discipline, together with extensive experience of scientific programming of the dynamics of physico-chemical processes. Knowledge of numerical methods used for modelling atmospheric turbulence, dispersion processes, and aerosol dynamics would be advantageous but is not essential. Strong quantitative skills are required for the modelling work and, given the collaborative nature of the project, excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required as well as the ability to meet deadlines, prepare publications and work effectively with other members of the team. The successful applicant will contribute to the research profile of the team through the dissemination of research findings at major conferences and through publications. The university is committed to enabling the career progression of post-doctoral researchers through opportunities for continuing professional development and mentoring.


Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Rob MacKenzie (, who will lead the modelling work, or Professor Roy Harrison (, who is the overall project director.


This is a fixed-term position terminating on or before 31st January 2018.


Starting salary is normally in the range £27,854 to £36,298. With potential progression once in post to £38,522 a year

Closing Date: 8th February 2013 and interviews for successful candidates will be held on the 20th February 2013.



Professor Roy M. Harrison OBE

Division of Environmental Health & Risk Management

School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences

University of Birmingham


Birmingham B15 2TT

Tele:  +44 121 414 3494

Fax:  +44 121 414 3709



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