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Postdoctoral Scholar position - Indoor Air Chemistry

Numerous chemicals are used in our homes to clean, shine, and ‘deodorize’. These chemical products are oxidized, often initiated by ozone, leading to the formation of numerous chemical compounds that impact indoor air quality. In collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will study the unique ‘indoor’ oxidative chemistry of terpenes and related compounds.  This effort is supported by the Sloan Foundation (

As a postdoctoral scholar, you will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of synthetic, experimental, and computational chemists. You will

  • Extend existing and develop new experimental methods to probe the oxidative chemistry, including autoxidative processes of several compounds used in significant quantities in the home. 
  • Collaborate with synthetic and computation chemists to evaluate the chemical mechanisms at play.
  • Interact with the broader ‘indoor air chemistry community’ to communicate your science and assist in the development of oxidative chemical models for studying the unique chemistry of the built environment.

As minimum qualification, you are expected to have

  • Completed a doctoral degree in physical, analytical, or atmospheric chemistry (or a related field) at the time of the appointment;
  • Strong mathematical and experimental background; previous experience with chemical ionization mass spectroscopy would be helpful. 
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.

For more information about the project, please contact Professor Paul Wennberg (

Applications with a curriculum vitae and a one-page statement of research interests should be sent to Jen Shechet ( In addition, please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Jen Shechet (

The start day is flexible, but must be before July 1st, 2020. 

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