Postdoctoral fellowship at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada

We invite applications for a one-year (renewable for up to 2 additional years) postdoctoral fellowship to work on project “Modes of Pollution Transport from North America to Nova Scotia and Beyond”, funded under the Canadian Space Agency Earth System Science Data Analysis Program.  http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/sciences/atmosphere-satellites.asp#air-pollution.

The successful candidate will use a combination of satellite- and model-derived atmospheric carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations to 1) quantify the long-term variability in the relative contribution of different pollution sources (local vs. regional vs. long-range) to air quality in Nova Scotia, 2) isolate the specific synoptic scale meteorological conditions leading to different modes (local, regional and long-range) of pollution events in Nova Scotia and export from North America, and 3) develop a framework for the interpretation of atmospheric composition measurements in Nova Scotia.  Objectives 1) and 2) inform policy regarding jurisdictional (provincial, federal, trans-boundary) pollutant reductions.


The successful candidate will hold (or complete by August 2017) a PhD in Atmospheric Science or a relevant area of Physics, Chemistry or Engineering.  He or she will have experience manipulating large atmospheric datasets (e.g., generated from model outputs or satellite measurements) and, ideally, have run an atmospheric model (e.g., GEOS-Chem).  Candidates must have strong written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated by a successful record of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Application Instructions

The position will remain open until it is filled, however, preference will be given to candidates who apply before May 29, 2017, when applications will begin to be reviewed.  To apply, please email a one-page cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information of three references to Prof. Aldona Wiacek (aldona.wiacek@smu.ca,http://www.ap.smu.ca/~awiacek/).

Saint Mary's University (www.smu.ca) is a public university with over 7,200 students, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees.  The university is committed to serving the local, regional, national, and international communities, and integrating such activity as part of the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students.  The University has gone through significant renewal in the past decade, with over 250 full-time faculty involved in innovative teaching, research and service.  Interdisciplinary studies are a prominent feature and strength of the University.  Saint Mary’s is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people.  Halifax is a major educational and economic centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities.  It is conveniently located with respect to recreational areas and other major urban centres in Canada and the northeastern United States.  Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. The University encourages applicants from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Visit our web site at www.smu.ca.