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[Met-jobs] Atmospheric Chemistry Postdoctoral Position at MIT: Air Quality Sensing in Hawai‘i

From Jesse Kroll <jhkroll@mit.edu>
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Date Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:51:54 -0400

Atmospheric Chemistry Postdoctoral Position at MIT: Air Quality Sensing in Hawai‘i

 

A postdoctoral position in atmospheric chemistry is available in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering under the supervision of Profs. Jesse Kroll and Colette Heald. The researcher will build, maintain, and collect data from a novel low-cost air quality sensor network on the Island of Hawai‘i (the “Big Island”). This EPA-funded project is aimed at measuring “volcanic smog” (“vog”, a mix of SO2 and PM) with high spatial and temporal resolution, in order to provide improved estimates of community members’ exposure to air pollution. In addition to the technical aspects of the project (design and implementation of the sensor nodes; characterization, calibration, and maintenance; and data collection and interpretation), the position includes a considerable community engagement component. Working with local partners, the researcher will engage with community members and educators in order to maximize the value of the network, and generally to better understand how air quality data can best serve as community and educational resources.

 

The researcher will spend approximately six months of each year on the Island of Hawai‘i, with the remaining time in Cambridge, MA. The position is for three years, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2017 (though this start date has some flexibility).

 

Requirements: a PhD in chemistry, environmental science/engineering, or related field; experience in analytical instrumentation; strong communication skills; ability to work independently. Specific experience in atmospheric chemistry, fieldwork, and community engagement/outreach a strong plus.

 

To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, and list of three references to Jesse Kroll, jhkroll@mit.edu, by September 30, 2016.



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