The Department of Geology & Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh seeks a postdoctoral researcher for a Department of Energy-funded project that characterizes reactive nitrogen emissions and deposition fluxes associated with Marcellus hydraulic fracturing activity. The study combines passive and real-time sampling of NH3 and NOx at a representative Marcellus well-pad site with isotopic analysis of monitored gases from passive samplers and ecosystem components (vegetation, soils, soil water, surface water). The study aims to fill a critical knowledge gap in assessing how activities associated with individual wells may potentially alter gains in air quality and ecosystem improvements realized under the Clean Air Act and Amendments. It is expected that results will improve understanding of the impact of Marcellus extraction activities on ambient concentrations of NOx and other reactive N compounds, how they are distributed across well pad landscapes, and the fate of these emissions in the environment. Field campaigns and measurements will be conducted in collaboration with DOE-NETL scientists and isotopic analyses will be conducted at the Regional Stable Isotope Laboratory for Earth and Environmental Science Research.
Funding is available immediately but could start as late as May 1, 2014 if necessary.
Requirements include a Ph.D. in physical sciences or engineering, strong organizational, quantitative data analysis, and writing skills. Familiarity with nitrogen chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, isotope geochemistry, or modeling preferred.
Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and the names and addresses of three referees. Please submit materials to Dr. Emily M. Elliott (email@example.com). Further information regarding research in the Elliott lab can be found (http://www.pitt.edu/~eelliott/) and on related DOE-efforts in this area (http://www.netl.doe.gov/publications/factsheets/rd/R%26D167.pdf). Applicants should contact Emily Elliott for further information.
University of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applications from women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged.
Emily M. Elliott, Ph.D.
Department of Geology & Planetary Science
University of Pittsburgh
4107 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260