Soil Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar

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Postdoctoral Fellow
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CE-Climate & Ecosystems
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90025 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division has an exciting opportunity for a Soil Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar. 


In this exciting role, you will research the controls of soil carbon cycling, and how they vary with depth in the soil. The overall goals of this project are to develop a more mechanistic understanding of soil biogeochemistry and the role of soils in global change and to improve the Earth system model representation of soil response to climate change. You will help launch a new grassland experiment for whole-soil warming and/or conduct research at an existing conifer-forest whole-soil warming experiment in a ponderosa pine forest, looking at responses to 6-10 year of warming.  They will use biogeochemical and isotopic techniques to study the effect of warming, plant inputs, and microbial activity on the transformation, mineralization, and stabilization of soil carbon. 


The main advisor is Margaret Torn and the postdoc will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of biogeochemists, microbiologists, ecologists, geochemists, and modelers.

 

What You Will Do:

  • Establish a new soil whole-soil warming experiment in a California Grassland, with a team. 

  • Conduct research at the new grassland experiment and/or ponderosa pine forest experiments.

  • Measure trace gas flux regularly

  • Measure isotopic composition (13C, 14C) of soil, soil gas, and soil fluxes.

  • Conduct laboratory analyses of soil, soil organic matter, and microbial community.

  • Initiate new research, such as effects of warming on roots and mycorrhizal infection.

  • Publish research results and give presentations at scientific meetings.

  • Contribute to grant proposals and project development.

 

Additional Opportunities

  • Test model structures and parameters, develop new model capabilities.

  • Contribute to research on microbial carbon-use efficiency, microbial community, and organo-mineral interactions.

  • Participate in Berkeley Lab’s career development opportunities and postdoctoral community events


Useful Experience and Capabilities: 

  • PhD in biogeochemistry, ecology, earth science, or related field (required).

  • Capacity to conduct field work under strenuous conditions.

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.

  • Proficiency in statistics and in handling data, for example using R, Matlab, or other software.

  • Experience with manipulative experiments and monitoring microclimate.

  • Able to work as part of a team and to work independently.

  • Able to find creative solutions to logistical and experimental challenges.

 


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

 

Notes: 

  • This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon job performance, availability of funds, and operational needs. You must have less than 4 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, Berkeley, CA.


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