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Postdoctoral Researcher - (C-CAPS) (University of Galway 299-23)

University of Galway (NUI Galway)
Closing date
7 Jan 2024

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ryan Institute’s Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at the University of Galway, Ireland.  


This position is funded by Horizon Europe and is available immediately for two years with possible extension after the initial term.  


Information on project/centre  

The position will be to join the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS) Aerosol Mass Spectrometry Unit, led by Prof. Jurgita Ovadnevaite, and to facilitate ambient and laboratory aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS), hygroscopicity and cloud condensation nucleus measurements with the research focus on understanding of particulate matter composition and sources as well as radiative properties that are crucial in mitigating the aerosol impacts on climate.  


Atmospheric Composition, influencing both air pollution and climate change, has had a 60-year profile in C-CAPS research history ( with Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station being one of the most recognized and respected facilities both nationally and internationally. It has >1,000 publications associated with it, leading to >3,000 citations per year, and an h-index of >92. The facility continues to grow in national and international importance, breaking new ground, not only in terms of operational monitoring of new pollutants in the atmosphere and delivery of real-time in-situ and remote sensing data but also in terms of fundamental research with the highest impact. The current AMS network in Ireland, led by C-CAPS, consists of the Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station and 3 additional sites strategically situated in urban (Dublin), regional background (Carnsore Point) and west coast (Valentia). The research will also involve international collaborations across Europe, the USA, Australia, and China with our long-established partners in the fields of atmospheric composition, climate, and health. 


Job Description: 

The successful candidate will work with state-of-the-art instrumentation, including a High-Resolution Time of Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS), an Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) and will further develop and oversee the operational deployment of the Aerosol Mass Spectrometry, greenhouse gas and short-lived climate forcer (SLCF) network. 


Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the following duties as part of his/her role: 


  • To undertake atmospheric composition measurements at a number of remote monitoring stations around Ireland. 

  • To perform long-term source apportionment for Irish and European sites. 

  • To plan and conduct short term laboratory and field experiments related to source characterisation and identification of aerosol composition- health relationships. 

  • To develop and implement quality assurance measures. 

  • Work with other team members to plan project activities and set key milestones. 

  • Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support as appropriate. 

  • Keep up to date with research related methods and techniques, in particular AMS spectrometry and source apportionment. 

  • To complete the administrative work to support the programme of research. 

  • To assist in the financial management of the project. 

  • Manage research resources, i.e. laboratories and equipment appropriately. 

  • Presenting findings at international conferences, leading peer-reviewed publications and leading/contributing to proposal and project report writing. 

  • Liaise with the network coordinator, stakeholders in the State and internationally as well as research groups to ensure strong links with ACTRIS and ACSM/AMS community. 

  • The role will involve international collaborations across Europe, the USA, and China with our long-established partners in the fields of atmospheric composition, climate, and health. 

  • Write up results from own research activity. 

  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research with the support and under the supervision of the principal Investigator by publishing reports. 

  • Any other duties assigned commensurate to this level of post 


Qualifications/Skills required:  


Essential Requirements: 

  • PhD in Atmospheric Physics or similar 

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in operating an Aerodyne Inc. High Resolution Time of Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS), Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM), AMS data analysis, QC/QA  

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience at source apportionment techniques 

  • Recognised track record for research as evidenced by a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals 


Desirable Requirements:  

  • expertise in inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches  

  • a capacity to provide leadership in research aligned with the Societal Challenges of Climate Change and Public Health  

  • a track record of interaction with key actors across the EU and beyond along with interacting with relevant funding agencies 

  • valid driving licence. 


Salary: Postdoctoral Researcher €42,782- €54,965 per annum, (subject to the project’s funding limitations), and pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts.  


The default position for all new public sector appointments is the 1st point of the salary scale. This may be reviewed, and consideration afforded to appointment at a higher point on the payscale (subject to the project’s funding limitations), where evidence of prior years’ equivalent experience is accepted in determining placement on the scale above point 1, subject to the maximum of the scale.  


Research Salary Scales - University of Galway). 


Start date: Position is available immediately. 


Continuing Professional Development/Training: 

Researchers at University of Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. University of Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see HERE for further information. 


Further information on research and working at University of Galway is available on Research at University of Galway 


For information on moving to Ireland please see  


Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Professor (Jurgita Ovadnevaite,  



To Apply: 

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Jurgita Ovadnevaite at 


Please put reference number University of Galway 299-23 in subject line of e-mail application. 


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm (Irish Time) 7th January 2024 


Interviews will be held remotely 


We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post. 


University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer. 


All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment  


NUI Galway is recognized as a research-led University that addresses issues of global economic and societal importance. Our research strategy focuses on developing clusters of internationally recognised expertise in selected priority areas. We have developed meaningful and strategic research alliances with economic, social and cultural partners in areas of regional and national importance. This strategy has resulted in the creation of research clusters in themes that are academically challenging, economically viable and regionally and nationally relevant. We continue to develop our research priorities within the national and international context in addition to supporting emerging and cross cutting priority area development. Our priority research areas build upon our key strengths and include:

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  • Exemplary collection of archives in the James Hardiman Library dating from the 15th century to the present day including ; Archives of the Druid, Lyric Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe theatres, literary papers include the archive of John McGahern, playwrights and actors papers such as Tom Kilroy papers, and film archives include the John Huston papers.
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