Research Associate, Air Pollution Modeller - based in Edinburgh

The Opportunity

We are seeking an Air Pollution Modeller to join a research team applying atmospheric chemistry and transport models (ACTMs) to predict spatial and temporal patterns of concentrations and deposition of air pollutants, in the UK, Europe and, increasingly, pollution hotspots around the world (China, India, Africa).

Main Duties and Responsibilities

You will be contributing to the scientific development of advanced atmospheric chemistry transport models, including both coding and conceptual development, as well as the integration of new scientific findings.

You will be involved in running complex models in a high performance computing environment, quality control of model outputs, assessment of model sensitivity and uncertainties, and the assessment of a range of scenarios based on policy interventions.

You will lead and contribute to peer-reviewed publications and customer reports and present scientific results at project meetings, conferences and to stakeholders.

Ideal Candidate

You must have a good degree (2:1) in a relevant numerate discipline and either a PhD or equivalent postgraduate experience. 

You will be proficient in writing FORTRAN code in UNIX/LINUX environment.

You will possess and demonstrate a high level of numeracy

You will hold extensive knowledge of transport and/or chemistry models

You will be expected to travel for various meetings held nationally and internationally, therefore a willingness to travel is essential.

Able to demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to CEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Team work.

Desirable Skills

Knowledge of atmospheric chemistry as well as surface / atmosphere exchange processes would be a distinct advantage, as would be experience in using ambient measurements for model improvement and assessment.

Skills and Knowledge You Will Gain

Operation of the WRF numerical weather forecasting model

Operation of the EMEP Chemistry and Transport Model

Tools for interpreting and visualizing model results

Statistical techniques for time-series and spatial analysis

Surface / atmosphere exchange processes

Basics of micrometeorological flux measurement approaches

Other Information

This post will be based at Edinburgh working in the Biosphere - Atmosphere Exchange and Effects group.

How to Apply

To apply, email your completed application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form to:

For more information about this role please see the full job description.

Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates who do not have a right to work in the UK.


The interview date for this post will be 11 October

Closing Date: 

29 September


£29,181 - £30,000 (depending on skills and experience)