The successful candidate will focus on climate change impacts on tropical and extra-tropical ecosystems. Important aspects of this position include benchmarking, development and application of demographic vegetation models to address key questions at the interface of ecology, ecohydrology and Earth system science. The position will also include field investigations and data analysis to support vegetation model development and uncertainty analysis.
We seek talented applicants with strong skills in (1) demographic vegetation model benchmarking and/or development; (2) analysis and interpretation of complex plant physiology, forest ecology and ecosystem process datasets; (3) development of field studies to advance model development and investigate model uncertainties; and (4) the application of demographic vegetation models to address complex questions at the interface of plant demography, ecology, plant water relations, and climate-ecosystem interactions.
You will join a large dynamic interdisciplinary department that is making climate and carbon cycle observations and developing and applying ecosystem, atmospheric process, and climate models. LBNL is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate and ecosystem-related fundamental and applied science.
What You Will Do:
Benchmarking and development of the Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES), a new demographic vegetation model, for tropical and extra-tropical forests.
Application of FATES to questions at the interface of plant demography, ecology, plant water relations, and climate-ecosystem interactions.
Analysis and interpretation of complex plant physiology, forest ecology and ecosystem process datasets, such as functional trait, sap flow, forest census, or flux tower data.
Develop and carry out field studies to advance FATES model development and investigate model uncertainties, particularly relating to plant and forest water relations.
Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
Contribute to, lead and publish peer-reviewed journal articles and grant proposals.
What Is Required:
Ph.D. (or equivalent work experience) in Ecology, Forestry, Geophysics, Hydrology, Earth System Science or related discipline.
Postdoctoral or equivalent experience in demographic vegetation model development, benchmarking and/or application.
Experience in analysis of plant physiological, forest ecology or ecosystem process datasets.
Experience in field investigations of plant physiology and/or forest ecology.
Experience using high performance computing environments and Python, R and/or Matlab.
Excellent written and oral communication ability.
Established record of peer-reviewed articles.
Familiarity with ecological theory and observational approaches.
Familiarity with ecohydrology or plant hydrodynamic theory and observational approaches.
Ability to conduct field observations on uneven terrain in variable weather conditions.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Research experience in tropical forests.
Research experience in temperate forests.
Familiarity with the Fortran programming language, as well as Github, Slack and other platforms in use by Earth system modelers.
Requested Application Materials:
Curriculum Vitae and publication list.
Statement of research experience and interests.
List of three academic references. Names and contact information for at least three academic references.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time 3 year career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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