Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

The School of Chemistry has an international reputation in observing, modelling and performing laboratory experiments to understand the Earth’s atmosphere. We are seeking to expand our research and teaching expertise in chemical studies related to the atmospheres of other solar-system bodies and the atmospheres of extra-solar planets. Our current work in this area includes a laboratory and modelling study of Titan’s organic photo-chemistry and the impacts of cosmic dust in the upper atmospheres of several planets.

Existing laboratory equipment from the Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry (APC) Group would be available to help start up a laboratory-based programme, but we would also welcome applications involving modelling and observations. You are encouraged to contact Professor Paul Seakins, as Head of the APC Research Group, to discuss informally issues relating to equipment.

As an Academic Fellow, you will be expected to develop independent research in aspects of the chemistry of planetary atmospheres, and would also be encouraged to exploit collaborative research opportunities with other members of the APC group and researchers elsewhere in the University e.g. in the Schools of Physics, Earth and Environment, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (satellite observations).

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications. You would also be expected to submit applications for a personal fellowship (e.g. EPSRC or STFC Early Career, ERC Starting or Consolidator), as well as for research projects as principal investigator.  You will also participate in the development and delivery of relevant programmes at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.

You will hold a PhD and have significant proven research experience (including evidence of research leadership appropriate to the career stage e.g. lead authorship of significant publications, ability to attract independent funding), the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in Chemistry, and a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development. Applications are not restricted to candidates with a current track record in planetary atmospheres, but your application should outline how you plan to apply your skills to develop a research portfolio in your chosen field.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Paul Seakins, tel: +44 (0)113 343 6568, email:

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