IPY Postdoctoral Position -- Environment Canada -- Toronto, Canada
PhD specializing in environmental chemistry or environmental/chemical engineering
Environment Canada is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for the IPY project "Intercontinental Atmospheric Transport of Anthropogenic Pollutants to the Arctic (INCATPA)." The position is located in Toronto, Canada, for the term April 2008-March 2010.
INCATPA will measure persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury in air in the Canadian, Russian, and American Arctic, as well as at potential source regions in the Asian Pacific Region and in North America. From these measured results, the fellow will deduce where these chemicals have come from, how much from which region, and what climate conditions influence their movement to the Arctic. Data collected will be incorporated into environmental transport models to determine how future climate change will affect contaminant transport to the Arctic. The fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with experts in both field measurements and transport modeling of atmospheric pollutants.
Applicants must have graduated or completed all requirements to graduate before April 2008 from a recognized university with a PhD specializing in environmental chemistry or environmental/chemical engineering. A background in meteorology pertaining to atmospheric pollutant transport will be an asset.
The successful candidate should be an expert in atmospheric contaminant transport and possess the following qualities:
- extensive experience in field measurements of trace levels of atmospheric pollutants, including POPs and/or mercury;
- comprehensive knowledge in the principles of atmospheric transport mechanisms, chemical properties and environmental behavior of POPs and mercury;
- ability to analyze atmospheric measurement data using statistical techniques for source identification, apportionment, and chemical profile fingerprinting;
- ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
- ability to present scientific results and prepare manuscripts for publication in internationally recognized journals, funding proposals, progress reports, and international conferences; and
- dependable, committed to research, motivated, can take initiative, able to meet deadlines, team player, and able to work independently.
Applicants should submit a 500-word summary of their PhD thesis and previous work experience, highlighting experience relevant to the above mentioned research; one copy of CV, and one copy of transcripts by Monday, 31 December 2007, to: