Atmospheric Chemistry Postdoctoral Researcher

Posted: 04.19.2017

Department of Environmental Toxicology - UC Davis

Application review begin date:  Immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

Start dates: Flexible, but expected around Fall of 2017.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric instrumental analysis to join Tran Nguyen’s lab at the University of California, Davis. The project is focused on exploring chemical mechanisms of gases and aerosols in the atmosphere using an environmental simulation chamber and in-situ + offline characterization. The ideal candidate should have a strong foundation in chemistry, with an interdisciplinary skill set. The postdoc will be responsible for optimizing a photochemical chamber to run experiments under highly controlled conditions, developing instrument protocols,  collecting  and  analyzing  a  variety  of  data,  and  communicating  the  project findings via presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

The appointment is for one-year, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.


  •  A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical/Environmental Engineering, or related field
  •  Experience designing, planning, and executing atmospheric chamber experiments
  •  Experience with atmospheric monitoring instruments
  • Strong   communication   skills   and   an   ability   to   work   both   independently   and collaboratively
  •  Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.

The following qualifications are desirable, but not required:

  •  Experience with scientific programming (e.g., Matlab, Labview, Python, etc.)
  •  Experience with mass spectrometry development, analysis, and interpretation


Salary and benefits are consistent with UC Davis policy and are commensurate with applicant  experience.  As  reference,  salary  for  a  1st   year  Postdoc  is  $48,216  with  full benefits.


The application should include: (1) CV including publications and awards, (2) a short statement of qualifications and research interests, and (3) name and contact information for 3 references. Send all questions and materials to Tran Nguyen,, with the subject line: “Chamber research postdoc application.

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