Amazon Forest-Atmosphere Interactions Postdoctoral Scholar

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Postdoctoral Fellow
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CE-Climate & Ecosystems
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89520 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division has an immediate opening for an exciting Amazon Forest-Atmosphere Interactions Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team. 


This opportunity is part of the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments–Tropics (or NGEE-Tropics), a multi-institutional research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NGEE-Tropics aims to fill the critical gaps in knowledge of tropical forest-climate system interactions and works on cutting edge advancements in model predictions of tropical forest responses to a changing climate over the 21st Century.

 

We invite outstanding early-career scientists to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship focused on Amazon Forest-Atmosphere Interactions. You will investigate processes associated with the large-scale forest-atmosphere exchange of carbon, water, and energy in Amazonia.  A central focus of this work is the study of mechanistic process-level controls on these exchanges and how they respond to moisture and temperature stress. This opportunity is highly integrative, involving large and diverse datasets, many spanning multiple decades from multiple sites in the Amazon, including tower-based eddy covariance fluxes, meteorology, soil hydrology, and plant ecophysiology. The position also includes running and parameterizing terrestrial ecosystem models using results from data analyses. Results from this work will greatly improve our understanding of how processes operating from the deep-soil to upper-canopy impact forest-atmosphere interactions in tropical forests.

 

What You Will Do:

  • Process and analyze large complex datasets with the NGEE-Tropics data team including climate variables, eddy covariance, soil hydrology, and plant ecophysiology.

  • Apply ecological and plant physiological theory to explore mechanistic process controls on the large-scale exchange of carbon, water, and energy for Amazon forests under moisture and temperature stress.

  • Running and parameterizing the ELM-FATES and E3SM (the DOE land and Earth system models) in close collaboration with the model development team on testing and applications involving Amazon syntheses datasets.

  • Investigate forest-atmosphere feedbacks at different times scales (hourly to decadal).

  • Publish results in high-quality journals and contribute to proposals involving tropical biosphere-atmosphere interactions.

  • Participate and present results in meetings and conferences.

 

What Is Required:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. climate science, ecology, plant physiology, forestry, geography).

  • Data-intensive processing and analysis. 

  • An ability to write and modify code (e.g. Python, R, Matlab, EddyPro, FORTRAN). 

  • Solid background in ecological, plant physiological, and biogeochemical theory.

  • Interest in the application and testing of state-of-the-art land-surface models.

  • Record of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Desire to work within an integrated, multi-institution team whose activities span from field research to Earth system model development.

 

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Tropical field research experience.

  • Familiarity in Portuguese.

  • Availability to travel for meetings at partner institutions.


The following requested application materials listed below must be submitted through the Berkeley Lab online application(Taleo):

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  2. Cover Letter

  3. 1-Page Research Statement(Optional)

 

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

 

Notes: 

  • This is a full time, 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


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