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Postdoctoral Scholar - Mass Spectrometry of Airborne Particles

Recruitment Period

Open August 1st, 2019 through Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
If you apply to this recruitment by November 30th, 2019, you will have until December 20th, 2019 to complete your application.


School of Physical Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Scholar - Mass Spectrometry of Airborne Particles
Chemistry (JPF05563)

The project is focused on differentiating surface from bulk composition of organic particles on a molecular basis using a variety of mass spectrometry techniques.

The ideal candidate will have laboratory experience with gases and particles in flow and static systems, a variety of mass spectrometry techniques and particle sizing instruments, and preparation of high-quality peer reviewed publications. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required, ideally with a strong background in mass spectrometry and atmospheric science, good English skills (oral and writing), and an excellent publication record. Candidates should have the ability to both move the project forward aggressively as well as support and collaborate with other students and postdoctoral researchers in the research group as a whole.

The project PI is Dr. Lisa Wingen and Co-PI is Professor Barbara Finlayson-Pitts. The Finlayson-Pitts research group at UC Irvine is interested in a range of atmospheric chemistry topics including new particle formation, gas uptake and particle growth, heterogeneous chemistry and photochemistry, and the photooxidation of neonicotinoid pesticides. The Finlayson-Pitts group is also part of AirUCI, an Organized Research Unit at UC Irvine. AirUCI is a multidisciplinary environmental research team dedicated to understanding and solving issues related to air pollution, climate change, water quality, and green technology and their effects on human health and well-being. AirUCI maintains shared equipment and has open multi-laboratory collaborations, both of which offer diverse and unique research solutions in addition to the capabilities within the individual laboratories.

The position is initially for one-year, effective January 2020 with the possibility of extension for a second year. Please apply online at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae including publications list, and names for three letters of reference (please do not solicit letters). For further information, please contact Dr. Lisa Wingen at

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA


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