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Job - PhD Studentship in the Electrical Detection of Atmospheric Radicals 2020 -2021, University College Cork, Ireland

Publish Date: Aug 02, 2020

Deadline: Aug 07, 2020

PhD Studentship in the Electrical Detection of Atmospheric Radicals

Air quality and climate change are among the biggest societal challenges that we face today.  Atmospheric free radicals, particularly hydroxyl (•OH) and nitrate (•NO3), are the drivers of chemical processes that determine atmospheric composition and thus influence local and global air quality and climate.  Atmospheric radicals influence greenhouse gas lifetimes (climate change), the formation of atmospheric acids (acid rain) and the production of ground-level ozone and secondary organic aerosols (photochemical smog, regional air quality) which affects the health of humans, animals and plants.  This PhD position is part of a new European project called RADICAL, which is focused on developing the science and technology to electrically detect and quantify atmospheric radicals using next-generation technologies.  The PhD student will work with a team of scientists in UCC and several other European institutes to design, fabricate and test new miniature sensors for the radicals. 

Key duties and responsibilities

  • The PhD candidate will conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision of Prof. Justin Holmes, Prof. John Wenger and Dr Stig Hellebust.
  • The successful candidate must be able to work at the interfaces between material science and atmospheric chemistry. Significant interdisciplinary interactions with European collaborators will be required.
  • Good communication, organisation, interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a project team are essential.


  • Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, materials science or a similar discipline.
  • Enthusiasm and an awareness of atmospheric chemistry issues in society.

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