Changes in aerosol particles and natural source material following volcanic eruptions
About the project
This student opportunity is a part of a 3 year collaborative research project, called “Changes in the health effects impact of aerosol particles and natural source material following volcanic eruptions”, between the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Met Office (IMO).
The overall aim is to analyze sources of airborne particles from ash re-suspension events and dust storms with a view towards assessing the potential impacts of these events on air quality and human health. This project will allow better modeling of these events, both the distribution in space and time and particle size distribution, which is important since different particle sizes can have different health impacts. Therefore, poor air quality can be predicted and warnings be issued.
The position is funded for 3 years and the salary for the position is according to funding from the Icelandic Centre for Research.
Role of the PhD student
The PhD student will identify and characterize ash re-suspension events in Iceland following the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull and 2011 Grímsvötn eruptions, perform measurements with aerosol particle sizers (OPC, SMPS), and use models for comparison. This will be done by analyzing data from the measurements, satellite images and other relevant data on ash re-suspension events, providing information on:
- Frequency of ash re-suspension events, and change with time.
- Source area and exposed area, and extension of the re-suspended ash cloud.
- Measuring of volcanic ash re-suspension and particle properties
- Identification of a well constrained test case for verifying dispersal models.
- Using model results to build future scenarios.
Required qualifications and experience
Applicants should have a Master’s degree in atmospheric physics, or related environmental science disciplines and ideally have some experience with field work. The candidate should have a strong interest in environmental processes and in particular in processes at the interface between the surface and the atmosphere.
A background in programming and numerical modelling is an advantage; for instance some experience in programming or working with satellite data.
Deadline for applications is 15 June 2015. The PhD position is for 3 years, and begins in fall 2015. The selected candidate will need to send a formal application for a Ph.D. studentship at the University of Iceland in due time.
Interested students should contact
For further information please contact Throstur Thorsteinsson (ThrosturTh@hi.is; http://starfsfolk.hi.is/en/simaskra/560) and Sibylle von Löwis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The application should include the following
- A cover letter including
- Your name and contact details.
- A statement of interest in the project, and general research interests.
- The names and contact details of two faculty advisers from whom confidential letters may be sought.
- A short resume (CV), including a list of courses taken, and grades.
Send your application to ThrosturTh@hi.is, or as mail to Throstur Thorsteinsson, Institute of Earth Sciences, Sturlugata 7, Askja, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland.
About the University of Iceland and IMO
Details of graduate studies at the University of Iceland in Environment and Natural Resources program can be found at http://environment.hi.is and Geophysics http://english.hi.is/von/faculty_of_earth_sciences/main_menu/home
Information about the IMO can be found at http://en.vedur.is
Additional benefit is the spectacular natural environment of Iceland.
Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.
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Throstur Thorsteinsson and Sibylle von Löwis.