We are seeking an environmental microbiologist to study the transport and properties of microorganisms present in atmospheric dust and particulate matter (aerobiology). The work includes various advanced methods of sequencing, bioinformatics, and atmospheric sciences.
Experience in microbiology and bioinformatics is an advantage
We use oxidation flow reactor to study the processing of aerosols and how they change their optical properties. Tools used are an aerosol mass spectrometer, broadband cavity enhanced spectrometers and others.
Excellent projects for postdocs with a background in aerosol optics, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and physical chemistry
We develop new methods to study the optical properties of aerosols and how they depend on atmospheric processes. We combine flow reactors, cavity enhanced spectrometers and mass spectrometry to link between changes in aerosol composition and their refractive index.
This is a multidisciplinary project, involving optics and aerosol physics and chemistry
Candidate s with chemistry and/ or physics background.
The exposure to ambient particulate pollution is the most important environmental health risk to people globally. Mechanistic understanding of the effect of particulate matter on lung inflammation is lacking. Today, all particulate pollution is assumed to have the same risk, although they are produced from different sources and chemical composition.
The goal of this study is to reach an in-depth mechanistic understanding of how PM, and its chemical composition, affect human health through a combination of detailed chemical speciation and controlled laboratory PM exposure experiments. Overall, this study is expected to provide an essential link between exposure to particulate air pollution and increase in the onset of oxidative stress and inflammation, thereby providing a mechanistic quantitative link between environmental exposure to the increased risk of diseases. The combination of state of the science atmospheric chemistry with most advanced biological investigation presents a unique multidisciplinary new approach to address this important challenge.
Knowledge in biochemistry or chemistry is an advantage
The successful candidate will develop and test a new and innovative sampling platform that will take advantage of a new generation of lightweight and mobile sensors mounted on a high-end drone with extreme maneuverability in three dimensions. We will then deploy it in several environments to measure the heterogeneous distribution of aerosols and gas phase co-pollutants.