The Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS) at Carnegie Mellon University seeks multiple postdoctoral researchers to investigate one or more of the following research topics:1. Characterizing at high spatial and temporal resolution air pollutant concentrations in Pittsburgh and other urban areas targeting near source and environmental justice locations using traditional measurements, new low-cost monitors, and research-grade equipment. Evaluating the usefulness of this information, and communicating risk information to the public based on imperfect data.2. Examination of atmospheric processes that affect ambient concentrations of PM, ultrafine number, black carbon and other pollutants over exposure-relevant space- and time-scales in urban and near source environments, using mobile monitoring with aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS), single-particle soot photometer (SP2), aerosol size distribution (FMPS), and other instruments.3. Development and evaluation of national- and regional-, and local-scale highly spatially and temporally resolved exposure models (both land-use regression, chemical transport modeling) using multiple sets of measurements, including those listed above, as well as other data as relevant.4. Chamber experiments characterizing the atmospheric evolution of chemical composition and optical properties of fire emissions, including secondary organic aerosol (SOA) and brown carbon (BrC.)
background: Engineering, atmospheric science, exposure science, biostatistics.
Prior experience in aerosol research is not essential for some projects, but the
applicant should be interested in air quality and public policy.
Potentially useful skill
sets/abilities: experience with aerosol and gas-phase measurements (AMS,
CIMS, SP2, TD-GC/MS, PTR-MS, TILDAS, etc.), mobile air quality measurements
(including driving/operating mobile labs), analysis of large data sets, familiarity
with Igor Pro/MATLAB and GIS software, trouble-shooting equipment, tinkering
with electronics, and written and oral communication. Multiple publications in
peer-reviewed journals are good evidence of writing ability and productivity.
Expected start date,
duration, location: Spring/summer 2016; 2-3 years. Primarily Pittsburgh,
but some projects include extended field deployments over multiple weeks in
postdoctoral researchers will primarily work with Albert Presto, Allen
Robinson, and R Subramanian, but CAPS is a highly collaborative
environment. Postdoctoral researchers and graduate students work closely with
each other and with multiple advisers. People with different backgrounds bring
different skill sets to the table, enhancing creativity and mutual productivity.
Collaboration with other CAPS investigators, non-CAPS CMU researchers including
social scientists, and other universities/organizations is expected. For more
information on CAPS, visit http://ift.tt/1OgD7ig
including a CV, one-page research statement, and names and contact information
of three references should be emailed to Albert Presto (firstname.lastname@example.org) and R
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orientation. We are actively interested in developing the careers of
women and under-represented minorities.