[ES_JOBS_NET] postdoc in computational ecology and/or ecohydrology

Bradley Christoffersen bradleychristo at gmail.com
Wed Nov 15 13:38:48 MST 2017

The Climate Change Science Institute within the Environmental Sciences
Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks a postdoctoral researcher
with experience in computational ecology and/or ecohydrology to support a
newly funded project aimed at exploring how plant traits and the hydrologic
environment co-vary to form ecosystem function.

Your primary responsibilities will be to develop, calibrate, and evaluate
coupled models of trait-based ecosystem function and hydrology, and then
use those models to advance the field’s understanding of how plant traits
and the abiotic environment interact and co-evolve. You will join a
multi-disciplinary team of investigators including experts modeling and
observing plant traits, plant hydraulics, and soil hydrology, who are
developing and evaluating numerical models coupling a fine-scale hydrologic
model to a model of plant demography and competition. You will develop
hypothesis-driven numerical experiments, bringing data and ecosystem
process understanding together with models to evaluate these hypotheses,
and lead papers describing those findings. You will also have the
opportunity to shape how ecosystem function is modeled in next generation
Earth System Models, which play a critical role in science relevant to both
society and policy.

This position is a full-time assignment for a maximum of 24 months,
contingent on successful performance and continued funding.

For more information, interested candidates should see the formal job
listing at:


and may contact mentors Ethan Coon ( coonet at ornl.gov ) and Anthony Walker (
walkerap at ornl.gov ) for more information.
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