Postdoctoral research positions on fire, air quality, and aerosol modeling, UCLA

March 7, 2024

The UCLA’s department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences ( seeks two postdoctoral scholars to lead and support activities on multiple projects within Prof. Pablo Saide research lab. These include:


  • Investigating wildfire drivers and impacts on air pollution in a changing climate using remote sensing and models.
  • Advance modeling of wildfire smoke by tackling multiple sources of model uncertainty, including smoke emissions, vertical distribution, and aging of chemical and optical properties.
  • Assess the impact of aerosol-driven changes in direct and indirect forcing of climate due to changes of shipping emissions and volcanic degassing.
  • Post-campaign analysis of ASIA-AQ, a NASA field program to improve understanding of the factors controlling local air quality across Asia through multi-perspective observations and modeling.
  • Improving atmospheric composition models by using Lidar derived boundary layer properties


Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, physics, engineering, or a related field, strong quantitative and programming skills, experience on running and/or developing air quality, atmospheric composition, coupled aerosol-climate, and/or fire spread models, be familiar with model evaluation using various observational datasets, and strong scientific writing skills.


Applicants should send a CV with a cover letter, contact information for three references, and one-page summary of recent work and interests as a single PDF document to Prof. Pablo Saide The appointments are for two years, renewable for up to three years pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


For more information about Prof. Pablo Saide’s research group, please visit:


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