Postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric Chemistry

     
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WorkplaceLeuven, Flemish Region, Belgium
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Postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric Chemistry

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 candidates 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.

The Division of Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of KU Leuven and the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) seek a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Researcher to join their teams. 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.

The Division of Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of KU Leuven and the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) seek a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Researcher to join their teams. 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.

We are looking for a highly motivated, well-organized and dynamic candidate with a high level of independence and creative thinking.

  • You hold a PhD in Chemistry obtained at the earliest 12 years prior to the submission date of the job application. The 12-year period is extended by one year for each maternity, parental and adoption leave of the candidate and for each long-term sick leave of the candidate or his/her immediate family.
  • You have a relevant publication track record with at least one first author publication.
  • You are eager to learn new techniques and you show a keen interest and curiosity driven approach to scientific questions.
  • You have demonstrable expertise in physical chemistry, preferentially for the gaseous phase, in theoretical reaction kinetics (including RRKM) and in computational chemistry. Experience in quantum chemistry and programming, as well as knowledge of atmospheric chemistry, are a plus.
  • You have experience in working with deadlines and being involved simultaneously in multiple projects.
  • You are a team player with excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • You are able to guide PhD candidates and coordinate the projects between our teams.


KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR [at] kuleuven[.]be.

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