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Exploring chemistry, composition and circulation changes in the stratosphere with innovative technologies (LAUBEU15ERC)

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    Dr J Laube
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Project Description

This is a great opportunity to work as a PhD student on the European Research Council-funded frontier-research project EXC3ITE in the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Science (COAS) at UEA. The project will use innovative technologies to explore chemistry, composition and circulation changes in the stratosphere.

The focus will initially be on laboratory work to develop and use an inlet system that is optimised for ultimate precision of a variety of atmospheric trace gases (and coupled to a Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry system, GC/MS, e.g. Laube et al., 2010, 2012 and 2014). This system will then be used for the analysis of a unique collection of tropospheric and stratospheric air archives.

The student will also be involved in the organisation and realisation of multiple field campaigns to collect more stratospheric samples using the novel AirCore technique (Karion et al., 2010) which includes launching small balloons into the stratosphere. Moreover the student is expected to contribute to the organisation of international project meetings and to participate in outreach activities.

The student will be part of an enthusiastic team doing world-leading research. She/he will be trained in a variety of measurement techniques and will acquire skills in field campaigns (e.g. launching balloons), handling the latest instrument and retrieval software, as well as a detailed understanding of the analytical and atmospheric background. The candidate will have to demonstrate excellent abilities in analytical chemistry. Additional knowledge in atmospheric chemistry would be advantageous but is not a requirement. This PhD project is very international through a variety of collaborators and the student will be networking with those partners as well as attending national and international conferences.

Funding Notes

This PhD studentship is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) for three years. Funding includes tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,057 for EU applicants. Overseas applicants may apply but there are additional tuition fees and funding of these will be discussed during the recruitment process.


i) Laube et al., Science, 329, 1167, 2010
ii) Laube et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 4081–4090, 2012
iii) Laube et al., Nat. Geosci. 2014, 7, 266–269, 2014
iv) Karion et al., J. Atmos. Ocean. Technol., 27(11), 1839–1853

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