Postdoctoral Research Associate in East Asian Ozone Perturbation
University of York Department of Chemistry

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31st March 2022


The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to develop and maintain long term measurements of VOCs in Eastern Asia in order to better understand the recent rapid growth of tropospheric ozone in this region.


WACL are the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facilities in the UK. Home to more than 65 researchers with interests in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry. WACL supports an exceptional research environment, providing access to state of the art facilities and a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise.


The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). We strive to provide a working environment, which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.


The role is varied; combining instrument development, observational deployment and data analysis/interpretation but with an emphasis on the processing, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of the data produced by the project.


The position would be based in WACL and will involve the development and deployment of new instrumentation at a key Japanese atmospheric observatory on the southernmost Japanese island of Hateruma and will include collaborative work at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan.


You will also be responsible for:

  • publishing research outcomes in journals and delivering presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events
  • contributing to the preparation of research proposals and applications to external bodies
  • providing guidance to other staff and students

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Undergraduate degree in any STEM discipline and have a PhD in Atmospheric Science/Chemistry or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of numerical methods, data basing techniques, and scientific computing needed to engage in high quality research.
  • Up to date knowledge of atmospheric chemistry, air pollution and meteorology as a global, trans-boundary scheme and knowledge of global models, such as GeosChem
  • Well-developed analytical measurement skills, practical and/or computational
  • Proficiency in analysis of large datasets and scientific programming
  • Data interpretation and dissemination of findings
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media including publication in journals and delivery of presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, exhibiting self-initiative and attention to detail
  • Highly motivated and professional work ethic, with commitment to high quality research, a collaborative ethos and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students


Informal enquiries to Dr Stephen Andrews ( or Prof Alastair Lewis (


The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace andaims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.


Post available on a fixed term basis until 31st March 2022.

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