Postdoc position: Satellite observations of air pollution environmental (in)justice

Satellite observations of air pollution environmental (in)justice

The Department of Environmental Sciences seeks to hire a postdoctoral research associate to advance the use of satellite remote sensing to study air pollution environmental (in)justice in U.S. cities.

The associate will work to expand the capabilities of satellite measurements for environmental justice research and use these observations to improve our understanding of the factors controlling urban air pollution (in)equality, including, for example, atmospheric chemistry, climate variability, emissions regulations, and the history of the built environment. The associate will conduct complementary modeling analyses, with a choice of projects utilizing either chemical transport modeling or land-use regression techniques, according to their interests and experience. The associate will also have the opportunity to work with the University of Virginia Repair Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory focused on environmental and climate justice issues. As part of their Repair Lab affiliation, the associate will explore the policy-relevant aspects of their research and collaborate with community partners.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Atmospheric Science, Geography, Engineering, or a related field at the time of the appointment is required. Experience with either chemical transport modeling, land-use regression modeling, or satellite data analysis are preferred; however, applicants with other relevant training will also be considered.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at Workday and attach the following:

  • curriculum vitae
  • one example of a first-authored manuscript
  • a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant past research experience
  • three references with contact information.
    Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on November 20, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. Applications by members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for two additional one-year increments, contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding. The position is eligible for telecommuting within the United States contingent on regular video meetings and periodic in-person meetings in Charlottesville. If telecommuting, travel costs to Charlottesville will be at the employee’s expense.

For any questions on this position please contact Dr. Sally Pusede, Assistant Professor, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

For information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

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