[ES_JOBS_NET] California and Western US Vegetation Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar, . Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Wed Dec 27 07:10:15 MST 2017



California and Western US Vegetation Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar (Climate
& Ecosystem Sciences)


Position Summary:

The Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab seeks a
California and Western US Vegetation Dynamics Postdoctoral Scholar to
combine observations, ecological theory, and numerical model development to
explore the impacts of and feedbacks between climate extremes and vegetation
dynamics for ecosystems in California and throughout the western US. This
role will work within a five-year project funded by the Department of
Energy's Regional and Global Climate Modeling program to assess the role of
climate extremes in governing tree mortality, disturbance-recovery cycles,
changing ecosystem function, and transient vegetation range shifts.


What You Will Do:

.        Explore how plant hydraulic and other traits govern vegetation
distributions in California and the western US.

.        Develop and test process representation within the
Functionally-Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES), a
demographic, dynamic, vegetation model for use within the land models of the
Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Energy Exascale Earth System
Model (E3SM).

.        Test model predictions against a wide variety of observational
datasets, including eddy covariance, remote sensing, and forest inventory

.        Use the recent California drought as a test of model predictions of
how climate extremes govern vegetation dynamical process rates.

.        Explore the roles of changing climate extremes over the historical
period and future projections in governing ecosystem structure and process.

.        Explore the role of vegetation dynamics in governing biophysical
and carbon cycle climate feedbacks in California and the Western US, using
coupled land-atmosphere configurations within an Earth system model.

What is Required: 

.        PhD in relevant field (e.g., climate science, ecology, plant
physiology, forestry, atmospheric dynamics).

.        Proficient coding skills in, at a minimum, data analysis languages
(Python, R, matlab, etc), and ideally, in compiled languages such as

.        Knowledge of and interest in land surface processes, atmospheric
dynamics, and ecological science concepts.

.        Experience with analysis of both observational and model-derived

.        Particularly interested in candidates with experience working with
demographic vegetation models, plant hydraulic models, or
variable-resolution climate models.

.        Ability to understand and use state-of-the-art land-surface and
coupled land-atmosphere models.

.        Evidence of ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full
consideration, please apply by close of business on January 10, 2018.


.        This is a full time, 1 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
4 years 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

.        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.

.        Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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