Research Fellow job opportunity

Research Fellow – 51824
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609, with potential progression once in post to £42,036
Grade 7, Full time
Closing date: 29.09.2019
Interview date: 10.10.2019
An enthusiastic, innovative and self-motivated person is sought for a Research Fellow position to join an active world-class team working on a project entitled
“ Quantitative Attribution of Secondary Organic Aerosol in Beijing to its Precursors” funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. The project is a follow-on award within the Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health-Megacities in a Chinese Megacity programme and is supported through the Newton Fund. This is collaborative project with the Institute of Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The successful candidate will work with Professor Roy Harrison and Dr Zongbo Shi and other members of the large air pollution and atmospheric chemistry research group at the University of Birmingham. The project is concerned with separation and identification of the components of secondary organic aerosol sampled within Beijing and the development of molecular tracers allowing the identification of precursor compounds. The work involves the chemical analysis of both atmospheric particulate matter samples collected within Beijing and samples from controlled oxidation experiments in a reaction chamber at the Institute of Chemistry using a highly advanced 2-Dimensional Gas Chromatography-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry facility at the University of Birmingham.

Main duties
The successful candidate will join a large and active research team and will receive training as necessary in the techniques of sample extraction and chemical analysis. Specific duties/responsibilities will include the following:
• Solvent extraction of archived particulate matter samples collected from the atmosphere and freshly generated samples from the atmospheric simulation chamber at ICCAS.
• Analysis of sample extracts using the 2D GC-ToF-MS in order to collect data on retention time, ion current and mass spectral data on individual peaks.
• Identification of secondary reaction products in the samples on the basis of their retention characteristics in two dimensions and mass spectra.
• Perform data quality control checks, ensure the quality and validity of data on the basis of expert knowledge and propose solutions to quality issues.
• Carry out data analyses to link the results of the chambers studies to the results from atmospheric samples with a view to apportioning aerosol mass to specific chemical precursors.
• Liaise with and spend time at the IICCAS in Beijing as required by the project.
• Manage the procurement of materials and consumables required by the research.
• Undertake management/administration arising from the research.
• Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications and parts thereof, for example at conferences and as posters.
• Supervise and provide guidance to postgraduate students on research-related work where appropriate to the discipline.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience
• A Doctoral degree in atmospheric science, analytical chemistry or related discipline.
• Experience in laboratory trace chemical analysis.
• Experience in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry is advantageous.
• Experience in advanced data analysis in atmospheric sciences is desirable.
• Good communication skills.
• Positive service attitude and courtesy in dealing with others.
• Ability to organise and manage own workload and demonstrate flexibility in terms of work practices/requirements.
• Ability to work under minimal supervision but function as part of a team.
• Proficiency in commonly used software packages.

Please quote the Job Reference in all enquiries. Information can be obtained from 0121 414 3494 or visit Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Roy Harrison ( further information.

Deadline: September 29, 2019

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