[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Scholar –Modeling Vegetation Dynamics and Disturbance Across California
lmkueppers at berkeley.edu
Thu Aug 2 10:04:40 MDT 2018
I have started to review applications for the below postdoctoral
position open at UC Berkeley, in collaboration with Chonggang Xu at LANL
and others, but am taking applications until Aug 13. Exact start date is
negotiable although we're eager to get someone into the position. Please
circulate to great candidates!
For more information and to apply, visit:
Here's a brief description of the overall project:
I am also looking for graduate students to work on the project through
the Energy and Resources Group <https://erg.berkeley.edu/>.
*Final date: Aug 13*th, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those
received after the review date will only be considered if the position
has not yet been filled.
The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a
Postdoctoral Scholar position starting Summer/Fall 2018. Climate, water
balance, vegetation and fire are tightly interlinked across California’s
landscape and must be studied together to gain understanding of changes
in each component. The candidate will play a central role in a project
funded by the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program to develop,
test and apply a cutting-edge demographic, dynamic vegetation model of
California’s ecosystems as part of a high- resolution regional modeling
system. Goals of the project include modeling the 2011–2015 drought and
its effects on tree mortality and fire, modeling tree mortality and fire
under future drought and climate change, and understanding effects of
management on future vegetation and fire risk. The candidate will work
in collaboration with Dr. Lara Kueppers of the Energy and Resources
Group at UC Berkeley and Dr. Chonggang Xu at Los Alamos National
Laboratory (LANL), as well as project collaborators at UCLA, Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, NCAR, UC Irvine, UC Davis, and UC
Extension to utilize high-resolution regional atmospheric forcing and
evaluate model vegetation output with historical field and remotely
sensed observations. The modeling framework is the Functionally
Assembled Terrestrial Ecosystem Simulator (FATES)
(https://github.com/NGEET/fates-release), which is embedded within the
CLM5 land surface model, and includes the SPITFIRE model of fire spread.
The postdoc will be located at UC Berkeley but will have opportunities
to also work at LANL.
• Advanced degree or enrolled in advanced degree program at the time of
• PhD (or equivalent international degree) required by the start date
Preferred Qualifications (by start date)
• Demonstrated background in ecological theory and/or systems-based
• Expertise in disturbance ecology, wildland fire, forest dynamics, or
• Experience in quantitative modeling and analysis of large datasets,
such as remotely sensed data products, eddy covariance time-series,
forest inventory time-series
• Demonstrated coding experience, e.g., in R, Python, or Matlab, and
analytical skills & coding
experience in Fortran and R
• Demonstrated ability to produce scientific results and to publish
papers in international peer-reviewed journals
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as part
of a team
The targeted start date for this position is August 2018. The initial
appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal based on
performance and funding availability. This is a full-time appointment.
Salary and Benefits
The annual salary range for this position is $49,188 to $57,528. Salary
will be commensurate with qualifications and experience level and based
on UC Berkeley salary scales. Generous benefits are included:
Interested individuals should include a one-page cover letter, a
one-page statement of research outlining your research interests along
with a current CV and the names and contact information of three
references. Letters of reference may be requested for finalists. It is
optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential
contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
This recruitment will remain open until filled.
Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Lara M.
Kueppers, lmkueppers at berkeley.edu <mailto:lmkueppers at berkeley.edu> or
Chonggang Xu, cxu at lanl.gov <mailto:cxu at lanl.gov>
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California
policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees,
including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier
service or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of
Confidentiality http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html prior to submitting
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or
protected veteran status. For the complete University of California
Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy see:
The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to
diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their
research or teaching.
The University of California, Berkeley has an excellent benefits package
as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support
employees as they balance work and family.
Lara M. Kueppers
Assistant Professor, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley
Faculty Scientist, Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, Berkeley Lab
510.486.5813 o. 510.457.6524 c.
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