[ES_JOBS_NET] Arctic Tundra Biogeochemistry Postdoctoral Scholar - Berkeley Lab's Earth & Environmental Sciences Division

Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 10:48:16 MDT 2018

Arctic Tundra Biogeochemistry Postdoctoral Scholar - 84599

Organization:  AU-Earth & Environmental Sciences


Berkeley Lab's Earth & Environmental Sciences Division
(https://eesa.lbl.gov/) has an opening for a Arctic Tundra Biogeochemistry
Postdoctoral Scholar. This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral
scientist to advance understanding of the effects of temperature on
permafrost ecosystems and soil carbon cycling. You will work with a team of
scientists studying ecosystem response to warming in Alaska as part of the
Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment - Arctic project (NGEE,
https://ngee-arctic.ornl.gov/). You will develop and implement a novel soil
warming experiment on the Seward Peninsula and/or Barrow, Alaska, and
measure the impact of the treatments on soil CO2 and CH4 fluxes, soil
nitrogen cycling, permafrost depth, and other properties and states. They
will improve the design (based on our successful prototype and will have
technical assistance), manage the instrumentation of the site for warming
and microclimate monitoring, carry out measurement campaigns, and write
papers based on the experiment. As time allows, this role may elect to work
with other NGEE teams on eddy covariance flux measurements, Arctic shrub
distributions, and other research. The successful candidate will be largely
responsible for running the warming experiment, archiving data, and
collaborating with scientists from other disciplines who can use the warming
experiment and its data. For example, data from the experiment will be used
by NGEE to develop empirical assessments and test models. The successful
candidate will spend a significant amount of time in Alaska. They will work
with Margaret Torn, William J. Riley, and others.


The ideal position start time is Spring 2018 and is a fulltime, one-year
term appointment with the possibility of renewal up to four (4) years based
on performance, funding, and continued operational needs. To be considered,
please provide the following in PDF form: 

. CV.

. One-two page application letter describing research interests and relevant

. Contact information for three references.

. One-two publications. 


What You Will Do:

. Develop field warming experiment in Alaska.

. Maintain experiment in good working order.

. Measure effects of warming on the ecosystem, including plot-scale trace
gas flux, NDVI, and albedo.

. Publish papers and give presentations on the results of the warming
experiment in context of Arctic warming.

. Conduct field work in Alaska.

. Analyze data with appropriate statistics.

. Perform rigorous QA/QC on data and archive data with NGEE to share data
with NGEE team.

. Interact with modeling team to help evaluate and improve soil
biogeochemical models.

. Contribute to group presentations, progress reports, renewal proposal, and
other NGEE activities.


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

. Compare observations to model output.

. Participate in modeling the results of the experiment and the potential
for Arctic ecosystem-climate feedbacks.

. Synthesize and publish our chamber-based data set of Arctic greenhouse gas
fluxes and/or soil carbon.

. Contribute to other aspects of the team's work, depending on interest,
such as determining controls of shrub distributions or eddy covariance
estimates of ecosystem fluxes.


What Is Required:

. Recent PhD(within 2 years) in ecology, earth sciences, biometeorology or
related field.

. Expertise in biogeochemistry and experience conducting fieldwork.

. Experience conducting research on soil biogeochemistry, Arctic soils,
effect of climate change on Arctic ecosystems or demonstrated interested
Arctic biogeochemistry.

. Technical aptitude with field measurements/instruments or relevant
instruments such as microclimate monitoring, flux measurements or similar.

. Record of publishing and presenting at scientific conferences.

. Ability to work with large data sets and to identify and apply appropriate
statistical analyses.

. Ability to work effectively in a physically demanding job and to work
safely in remote harsh environments.

. Ability to work both independently and as part of team.

. Record of producing rigorous influential scientific results.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

. Previous backcountry experience in cold climates.

. Ability to carry and use heavy field instruments.

. Experience conducting team research in the field.

. Experience with data loggers, soil microclimate monitoring, modeling or
statistical analysis relevant to field experiments. 


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full
consideration, please apply by close of business on September 23, 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.

. Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1
Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA
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How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow
the on-line instructions to complete the application process. 


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