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Postdoctoral Fellow - (ASCENT Managing Director)

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow - (ASCENT Managing Director)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 236918

The School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is located at 311 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332

Department Information

Georgia Tech is a top-ranked public research university situated in the heart of Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant city with great economic and cultural strengths. The Institute is a member of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Association of American Universities. Georgia Tech prides itself on its technology resources, collaborations, high-quality student body, and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Established in 1901, The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE) is one of eight Schools in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. The School is comprised of 40 core faculty, 1,000+ undergraduate students, 200+ graduate students, and 33 staff members. Ranked among the top ten CHBE programs in the nation for both its graduate and undergraduate programs, our students have many opportunities for hands-on, interdisciplinary technological research, working alongside faculty who are recognized experts in their fields on meaningful projects with real human benefits. For more information on the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, please see

Job Summary

The Atmospheric Science and mEasurement NeTwork (ASCENT) is a new aerosol measurement network funded by the National Science Foundation Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure program. Leveraging existing networks, a total of 12 sites will be established across the country, providing comprehensive, high time-resolution, long-term characterization of aerosol chemical composition and physical properties. ASCENT is seeking a Managing Director (Postdoctoral Fellow) at Georgia Tech who will serve as a member of the ASCENT administrative group, which includes the PI, the Steering Committee, the Project Manager and a Software Engineer and be the primary interface between ASCENT site personnel and the Steering Committee. The Managing Director will play a leading role in the technical aspects of the project, overseeing the instrument performance, data, and data analysis from each site. The Managing Director will work with the ASCENT Steering Committee to implement and manage the network.

In addition, the Managing Director will be responsible for the logistics of the network. The Managing Director will take the lead in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for instrument set up, operation, and data analysis, a site operator training plan, and instrument daily checklist, with inputs from all instrument mentor groups. The Managing Director will provide input to a software engineer and NCAR on the development of the database and web interface. Raw, QA/QC, and value-added data (e.g., source apportionment) will be sent from each instrument mentor group to the Managing Director, who will check and assemble the data for uploading to the database. The Managing Director will assist the Principal Investigator in organizing an annual ASCENT workshop at Georgia Tech for the administrative group, NCAR, and instrument mentor groups to meet and discuss project progress. The Managing Director will also lead ASCENT external communication activities.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with the expectation of renewal for two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Required Qualifications
    A Doctoral degree.
Preferred Qualifications Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences/Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field strongly preferred. Knowledge and experience in operating advanced aerosol instrumentation (e.g., aerosol chemical speciation monitor) and conducting field measurements and source apportionment analysis are preferred, but any candidates with a strong background in aerosols will be considered. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Multitasking, organizational, interpersonal, and project management skills are essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills are also desirable.

Required Documents to Attach Applicants should attach a CV, Cover Letter, and List of Three References.

Contact Information

For questions or additional information about this position, please contact Dr. Nga Lee (Sally) Ng at [email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity

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