In the Group Science, Engineering and Technology of KU Leuven, within the Department Chemistry, and at the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), we seek to recruit a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Researcher. This recruitment is part of the research profile REVOCS “Re-evaluating the role of volatile organic compounds through quantum theoretical and modelling studies” within the framework of FED-tWIN, the Programme of sustainable research cooperation between the federal scientific institutes and the universities. The KU Leuven team has considerable expertise in using quantum chemical and theoretical kinetics methods to predict reaction mechanisms for the oxidation of atmospheric volatile organic compounds (VOCs). BIRA-IASB is a Belgian Federal Scientific Institute conducting research and providing services in space aeronomy, i.e. the physics and chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere and other planets, and outer space. BIRA-IASB has strong experience in developing and assessing large-scale numerical models of the chemistry occurring in the atmosphere. The recent collaborative work of the two teams has illustrated the high relevance of theoretical methods for improving our understanding of atmospheric chemistry, in particular for the oxidation and role of biogenic VOCs (e.g. isoprene). With this joint research profile, we wish to deepen this collaboration between the two groups and address critical challenges to our understanding of how VOC emissions influence the composition of the atmosphere. With the guidance and support from both groups, the postdoctoral researcher will pursue innovative and interdisciplinary research using quantum theoretical and statistical rate methods as well as numerical modelling.
At the KU Leuven unit, you will address major remaining issues related to biogenic VOC oxidation using theoretical means, and you will build a framework within which a large number of complex reactions can be investigated in a time-efficient way. At BIRA-IASB and in collaboration with the KU Leuven team, you will elaborate extensive oxidation mechanisms based on the relevant laboratory and theoretical studies, and you will implement those mechanisms in numerical models at different scales.
You will supervise and support PhD students and contribute to the preparation and management of new research projects. You will have a collaborative spirit and liaise with collaborators. You need to be able to organize and troubleshoot your work independently, document it thoroughly and communicate results and experiences with the team in a transparent and professional manner.
We are looking for a highly motivated, well-organized and dynamic candidate with a high level of independence and creative thinking.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Jeremy Harvey, tel.: +32 16 37 21 98, mail: email@example.com.
You can apply for this job no later than October 31, 2021 via the online application tool
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|Title||Postdoctoral Researcher in Atmospheric Chemistry|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Published||September 22, 2021|
|Application deadline||October 31, 2021|
|Job types||Postdoc  |
|Fields||Atmospheric Chemistry,   Physical Chemistry,   Theoretical Chemistry,   Quantum Computing,   Computational Chemistry  |