[ES_JOBS_NET] Post doc: land use and climate

Deborah Lawrence dl3c at virginia.edu
Sun Mar 23 12:27:27 MDT 2014

Dear colleagues,
Please consider applying for this position in Environmental Sciences at the
University of Virginia. One year with likely renewal for a second year,
working on the impacts of alternative land use allocation at a global scale
on climate, examining feedbacks on ecosystem function and human well being.
Deborah Lawrence

Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Virginia
The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia (UVA)
seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to contribute to a project on
modeling the interactions and feedbacks among land use, climate, ecosystem
health and human well-being. The post-doctoral Research Associate will work
with Deborah Lawrence and an interdisciplinary team at UVA in
Charlottesville, Virginia, with travel to the National Center for
Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The research aims to 1)
evaluate the impact of global land allocation among food, biofuels and
forests on climate, 2) develop a framework to assess the moral/ethical,
socio-economic and ecological impacts of climate regimes based on
alternative land use allocations, and 3) determine the economic, legal and
political leverage points for pursuing particular land-climate regimes. The
post-doctoral Research Associate will focus mainly on climate modeling,
using the Community Land Model (CLM) and the Community Earth System Model
The ideal candidate has a PhD in earth system science, environmental
science, terrestrial ecology, or a related field and a demonstrated record
of research in areas relevant to this position. The candidate should also
have experience with data analysis and visualization (ideally, experience
with Fortran and IDL/Matlab) and numerical models. Candidates should have
expert knowledge of terrestrial ecosystems, biogeochemistry, and
biosphere-atmosphere interactions and knowledge of the physical and
ecological basis of land surface and biogeochemical models. In addition,
strong skills in verbal and written communication of scientific results,
ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of
interdisciplinary teams, and ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate
multiple tasks are critical skills. While expertise in climate modeling is
not necessary, comfort with, interest in and enthusiasm for working with
computers is required.
This appointment is for one year with a possibility of renewal for a second
year, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of
research funds. The annual salary is $40,000 with an expected start date of
April 1, 2014.

To apply, complete a Candidate Profile through Jobs at UVa
(https://jobs.virginia.edu) and electronically attach the following: a cover
letter describing research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and
contact information for three (3) references; search on posting number

Review of complete applications will begin March 14, 2014; however, the
position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:
Deborah Lawrence 

dl3c at virginia.edu 

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs at UVa should be
directed to: 
Rachel Short 
rbs2n at virginia.edu

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to
making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities are
encouraged to apply.

Deborah Lawrence, PhD
Professor, and Director of the Program in Environmental and Biological
Environmental Sciences Department
University of Virginia
PO Box 400123
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4123


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