[ES_JOBS_NET] Microbial Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Jan 26 23:04:44 MST 2018

🔍Bay Area, California, United States
📁Postdoctoral Fellow
💼CE-Climate & Ecosystems84481
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Berkeley Lab’s *Climate & Ecosystems*
<https://eesa.lbl.gov/our-divisions/climate-ecosystem-sciences/> Division
has an opening for a Microbial Modeling Postdoctoral Scholar. As part of an
exciting Department of Energy (DOE) supported multi-institution project
studying the importance of microbiome functional traits in determining soil
organic matter formation we are hiring a postdoctoral researcher in the
area of microbial modeling.

You will have expertise in modeling microbial dynamics and subsequent
effects on soil carbon cycling, with a focus on developing a trait-based
representation of the interactions between fungi, bacteria, viruses and
other organisms in mineral soils and their dynamic evolution under changing
soil moisture conditions. This position would also require some expertise
in numerical modeling of carbon isotopes, uncertainty quantification and
modeling evaluation.

This role will collaborate with researchers at other institutions as part
of our multi-disciplinary team including those at other National Labs (LLNL
and PNNL) and at leading universities UC Berkeley and Northern Arizona

What You Will Do:

   - Develop mathematical models of microbial population dynamics and
   - Incorporate complex inter-related physical and chemical processes into
   trait-based models to capture process such as mineral organic interactions,
   and water potential and their implications for soil carbon cycling.
   - Incorporate isotope systematics into coupled biological, physical,
   chemical soil carbon models.
   - Develop or use methods to evaluate and calibrate models against a
   diverse range of observations.
   - Work in an integrated team environment.

What Is Required:


   Recent Ph.D in ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry or a related

   Significant experience in mathematical modeling of microbial systems.

   Knowledge of microbial physiological and metabolic traits relevant to
   soil carbon dynamics.

   Strong background in mathematics and statistics.

   Demonstrated ability to develop methods to evaluate models against a
   diverse range of observations.

   Excellent oral and written communication skills.

   Ability to work within an integrated team environment.

   A working knowledge of soil biogeochemistry and systems biology, and
   strong skills in theoretical physics or chemistry is desired.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for
full consideration, please apply by close of business on February 9, 2018.



   This is a full time, 3 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 2 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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