[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-doc: modeling tropical carbon uptake in a changing climate

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sun Dec 14 22:03:24 MST 2014

Date:    Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:38:44 -0500
From:    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Alistair_Rogers?= <arogers at BNL.GOV>
Subject: Post-doc: modeling tropical carbon uptake in a changing climate

Post-doctoral position: Improving understanding and modeling of tropical =
forest carbon uptake in a=20
changing climate

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science and Technology (TEST) group (http://www=
.bnl.gov/TEST/) at=20
Brookhaven National Laboratory is seeking a post-doc interested in unders=
tanding and reducing=20
model uncertainty associated with projecting the response of tropical for=
est ecosystems to global=20
change. The successful candidate will work closely with Drs. Serbin and R=
ogers to: 1) assemble a=20
comprehensive database of plant traits associated with modeling carbon as=
similation and respiration=20
in tropical forest ecosystems, 2) develop an independent multi-assumption=
, multi-scale, mechanistic=20
description of canopy physiology and 3) identify the key modeling assumpt=
ions and parameters that=20
lead to variability in model projections of the response of tropical fore=
sts to rising temperature and=20
carbon dioxide concentration. The successful candidate will be part of a =
multidisciplinary, multi-
institutional project (NGEE-Tropics) - led by Lawrence Berkeley National =
Laboratory - that brings=20
together a team of scientists seeking to improve the representation of tr=
opical forest ecosystems in=20
Earth System Models.

The essential duties and responsibilities of the post-doc include-

Data curation, synthesis and management
Integrate and run existing process models within an uncertainty quantific=
ation environment
Computer programming and modifications to existing model code
The development, testing, and application of key submodels of carbon upta=
ke and respiration
Publish results in peer-review journals and present at scientific confere=

Prospective candidates should have-

Ph.D. in computer science, plant biology, ecosystem ecology, ecophysiolog=
y, or related field
Computer programming experience
Willingness to work collaboratively in team environments
Effective written and oral communication skills
Record of publication in high quality internationally recognized journals=

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience with programming in Fortran, C-based languages, Python, and R,=
 including the ability to=20
work within version control and community development frameworks (e.g. Gi=
Experience working within Linux and High-performance computing (HPC) envi=
Background in plant biochemistry, physiology, and ecology with a focus on=
respiration , and allocation
Experience using numerical simulation models to predict carbon fluxes and=
Experience working within model-data assimilation and uncertainty quantif=
ication frameworks

Application Process-

Applicants should visit the BNL Careers website (http://www.bnl.gov/HR/ca=
reers/ ) and search for Job=20
#181 to apply. Review of applications begins on February 2nd, 2015 and th=
e position will remain=20
open until a suitable candidate is identified. Our preferred start date i=
s April 1st, 2015.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer com=
mitted to ensuring that=20
all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will no=
t be discriminated against on=20
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national ori=
gin, age, disability, or protected=20
veteran status. BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and=
 to advance in employment=20
individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individual=
s with disabilities.
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