Research Fellow in Atmospheric Chemistry

University of Leeds School of Chemistry

Research Fellow in Atmospheric Chemistry

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background or interest in atmospheric chemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

We are looking for an exceptional researcher to work on the PEROXY project (New field measurements and mechanistic understanding for RO2 radicals) which was recently funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). PEROXY consists of a collaborative team with complementary expertise and capabilities in both experimental and modelling aspects of atmospheric chemistry, from the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds, and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester.

This proposal will develop a new UK capability for the field measurement of the most abundant organic peroxy radical, CH3O2, which has never before been measured in the atmosphere, yet is a key intermediate linking oxidants to secondary pollutant formation, for example ozone and nitrogen dioxide, and represents an important target species for models. The proposal will also develop methodology for the measurement of more complex RO2, which together with other measurements of highly oxidised molecules (HOMs), will advance our understanding of the mechanisms which control the formation of ozone and secondary organic aerosol.

You will deploy the new instrumentation at the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory in collaboration with NCAS Scientists at York, and also in a polluted environment during the UKRI / Met Office Strategic Priorities Fund Clean Air: Analysis and Solutions Programme during intensive observation periods. You will perform highly targeted chamber experiments in both Leeds and Manchester to provide new kinetic data for reactions which control the fate of RO2 to inform the development of chemical mechanisms for use in atmospheric models.

You will also have opportunities for training in science and people management, science communication, and grant application writing, with the aim to develop a personal, independent career track.

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

, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6471 or email:

, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Atmospheric Science

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6594 or email:

, Professor of Reaction Kinetics

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6568 or email:

Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Chemistry
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £33,797 p.a.
Working Time: 37.5 hours per week
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years (grant funding))
Release Date: Monday 01 February 2021
Closing Date: Sunday 28 February 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: EPSCH1030