Postdoctoral Position at Boston University, Department of Earth & Environment
The Geddes Research Group in the Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University (http://sites.bu.edu/jged
) is seeking a postdoctoral candidate interested in working in the general areas of either (1) air quality remote sensing, or (2) atmospheric chemistry modeling.
(1) This postdoctoral fellow will lead research exploring intra-urban and urban-to-rural gradients in reactive trace gas column densities (e.g. NO2 and HCHO), using an urban network of ground-based Pandora spectrometers collocated with a variety of supporting ground-based instrumentation, satellite-based measurements, and coincident model output. Specific project goals can be defined in collaboration with the candidate’s interests and expertise, but could include: establishing their value in understanding urban atmospheric chemistry and ozone production in a coastal environment; or reconciling remote sensing and in-situ observations by considering surface emissions, meteorology, boundary layer mixing, and chemistry. Previous experience with ground-based remote sensing techniques and trace gas retrieval theory is preferred, but highly motivated recent graduates with any background in air quality science are encouraged to apply.
(2) This postdoctoral fellow will lead research exploring how changes to the biosphere can impact atmospheric reactivity and air quality, using a chemical transport model, state-of-the-science remote sensing products, and long-term in-situ monitoring observations. Specific project goals can be defined in collaboration with the candidate’s interests and expertise, but could include: investigating the effect of exceptional events on biogenic emissions and deposition of trace gases; exploring the role of phenology on interannual variability in atmospheric chemistry; or evaluating the impacts of recent land use and land cover changes on local air quality by incorporating new land cover remote sensing observations. Previous experience with the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model and working with high performance computing resources is preferred, but highly motivated recent graduates with any background in atmospheric chemistry are encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate(s) will benefit from an outstanding scientific setting and collaborative research environment. The Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University comprises of faculty from both natural and social sciences, unified by themes of climate and sustainability, and engaging in many cross-university collaborative efforts related to human-environment interactions. The department is home to the BU Center for Remote Sensing, an active cluster of faculty who are world leaders in this field. The postdoc will have assistance from a full-time departmental laboratory technician and a scientific programmer, and will also benefit from close collaboration with other institutions in the Boston area.
The Geddes Group shares Boston University’s commitment to creating an environment for learning, working, and living that is enriched by racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, and to cultivating an atmosphere of respect for individual differences in life experience, religious belief, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Applications from female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.
Interested applicants should contact Jeffrey Geddes directly (jgeddes [at] bu.edu
). Please include a CV, and names of up to three references. Applicants are invited to include an optional cover letter that describes how their experience may be relevant, and why they are interested in this position. Position start date is as soon as possible, but can be discussed depending on the candidate’s availability.