02/04/2021
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Phd contract in the field of Environmental science financed for three years by the University of Clermont Auvergne

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université Clermont Auvergne
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Environmental science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    23/05/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    France › Aubière
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2021
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    SF-CD-2021-035

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Physico-chemical and microbiological characterization of clouds

Clouds are a complex multiphase medium where droplets are in equilibrium with the gas phase and the ubiquitous aerosol particles. Gas-phase molecules and the soluble fraction of aerosols can dissolve or be incorporated into droplets, where they can undergo chemical, microbiological or lightinduced transformations. Therefore, the aqueous phase of clouds has a complex chemical composition, including a multitude of organic and inorganic compounds, but also metals and oxidizing species. In situ measurements have mainly focused on the physical and chemical properties of the cloud environment. However, a significant fraction (80%) of the molecules is still not characterized, due to the complexity of the medium. In addition, clouds contain a large number of microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts and fungi) capable of transforming dissolved molecules and producing othercompounds. The characterization of the cloud environment is a major scientific question in the understanding of atmospheric chemistry. Indeed, they modify the gas-phase chemistry and the chemical compounds that dissolve into the cloud droplets. Clouds are notably responsible of the modification of the physicochemical properties of aerosol particles, thus causing indirect effect on climate. The candidate will regularly collect cloud water samples at the puy de Dôme site but also in other sites. She/he will be in charge of the physico-chemical analysis of the samples as well as the characterization of dissolved organic matter in cloud water by high-resolution mass spectrometry. This last task, in particular, requires instrumental and methodological development as well as statistical analysis of the results. In the lab, irradiations and incubations of natural samples are being considered to understand the effect of photochemical and microbiological transformations on the chemical composition of clouds.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Environmental science: Master Degree or equivalent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Physical Meteorology Laboratory (LAMP)
France
Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
Aubière
63178
Campus Universitaire des Cézeaux , 4 av. Blaise Pascal, TSA 60026 CS 60026

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EURAXESS offer ID: 623025

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