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Research Fellow in Understanding Formaldehyde and Glyoxal Chemistry for Satellite Measurements

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Atmospheric Chemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities? 

We are looking for an outstanding Research Associate to join the NERC funded project ‘Understanding Formaldehyde and Glyoxal Chemistry for Satellite Measurements’ (UNFOGS) in the Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry group at the University of Leeds. UNFOGS is designed to help the community extract maximum information from new high resolution satellites that will be launched in the near future to study air quality. Satellites have poor detection limits for primary VOC emissions, but can detect the important oxidation products formaldehyde (FA, HCHO) and glyoxal (GL, OHCCHO) and in the future, potentially, methylglyoxal (MGL, CH3(O)CCHO). Different classes of VOC produce different ratios of FA:GL (or FA:MGL) allowing for the potential identification of the primary VOC emission if the chemistry of FA and GL production and removal is understood. UNFOGS is a multidisciplinary project involving instrument development, laboratory studies and modelling. The latter component is led primarily by Prof Paul Palmer in Edinburgh. 

In collaboration with the project team, you will work on incorporating field instruments for FA and GL detection with the Highly Instrumented Reactor for Atmospheric Chemistry (HIRAC) simulation chamber; using both direct methods (laser flash photolysis/laser induced fluorescence/mass spectroscopy) and the HIRAC chamber to determine the yields of FA, GL and/or MGL from examples of the major types of VOC oxidation; and using a range of methods (direct and relative rate) to study the loss of FA, GL and MGL with major atmospheric radical species to determine atmospheric lifetimes. 

You will have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Physical Chemistry or a related discipline, together with experience in the use of lasers and/or mass spectrometers for spectroscopy or kinetics measurements. Experience in the application of chemical models would be beneficial. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Paul Seakins, Professor of Reaction Kinetics

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6568, email: 

Dwayne Heard, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6471, email: 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Chemistry
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to external funding restrictions, the maximum salary will be £33,199
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 36 months due to external funding)
Release Date:  Wednesday 29 May 2019
Closing Date:  Friday 28 June 2019
Reference:  MAPCH1118
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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