Carbonaceous particles comprise a large fraction of the atmospheric aerosol

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  • University/Institute Name University of Bern
  • University/Institute Name Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Position Funding Type Fully funded (e.g. RA, TA, Scholarship, etc.)
  • Position Duration3 years
  • Attendance Type On Campus
  • Application deadlineExpired

Position Details (PhD)

Carbonaceous particles comprise a large fraction of the atmospheric aerosol and, therefore, badly affect climate and human health. However, only a small fraction could be identified and apportioned to emission sources so far. For this purpose, measurements with accelerator mass spectrometry of the long-lived radioisotope 14C (radiocarbon) have become a unique and powerful tool. You will perform such measurements using filter samples of ambient aerosols collected at different locations in Switzerland, Antarctica, and other countries. These results will contribute to the understanding of the sources of carbonaceous aerosols.

You have a master’s in chemistry or natural sciences. You are an excellent scientist with creative ideas, fascinated with developing and applying analytical methods. You have strong technical skills and an affinity for multidisciplinary cooperation. You are fluent in spoken and written English. A good level of German is a plus.

Entrance upon: As soon as possible

Application and contact
Please send your application, which should include a motivation letter, CV, a PDF file of the Master’s thesis, an academic transcript of your studies, and contact details for at least one academic reference to before the 8th of January 2023.

Contact address: Prof. Dr. Sönke Szidat, Laboratory for the Analysis of Radiocarbon with AMS (LARA), Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences & Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research

University of Bern, Freiestrasse 3, CH-3012 Bern,

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