[ES_JOBS_NET] Geomorphology Postdoc, Los Alamos

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Tue Jan 30 12:46:52 MST 2018


Job Title


Geomorphology Postdoc



Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name


EES-14/Earth System Observations

What You Will Do

The Earth System Observations Group (EES-14) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)is seeking applications from diverse candidates with expertise in modeling vegetation dynamics (preferably related to coastal systems), coastal sediment transport and landscape dynamics, and feedbacks between vegetation and coastal landscape evolution. The successful candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of geomorphologists, vegetation, hydrological, infrastructure and ocean modelers, focused on developing multi-physics models for high-resolution simulations using high-performance computational architectures. The successful candidate will have opportunity to work with the current state-of-the-art DOE-sponsored modeling codes such as Advance Terrestrial Simulator (ATS) model, FATES (Functionally Assembled Terrestrial Simulator) dynamic vegetation model, and evaluate model predictions with observations from field or remote sensing. A successful candidate could also focus their research on quantitatively representing feedbacks between vegetation and sediment deposition and erosion in coastal settings in the ATS model directly coupled to the DOE global ocean model MPAS-O.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:

  *   Research background in one or more of the following: vegetation dynamics, coastal geomorphology, interactions between vegetation and sediment transport, and salinity/flooding impacts on vegetation.
  *   Quantitative analysis skills with experience in one or more of the following programing and analysis languages: Fortran, Python, C, Matlab and R.
  *   A Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, geomorphology, fluid dynamics, civil engineering, climate modeling or a closely related field.  The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.

Desired Skills:

  *   Experience in developing and/or using models to predict and understand vegetation dynamics and/or geomorphic feedbacks that govern the evolution of coastal landscapes, with a preference for tidal marsh systems.
  *   Diverse research experience with a preference for individuals with experience and knowledge of computational physics and/or climate modeling; experience in construction and application of physical models; programing expertise; and the analysis and incorporation of data and observations for model development and testing; experience on high performance computing.
  *   Demonstrated scientific excellence as evidenced by submission and publication of authored publications in refereed journals.
  *   The ability to work in a highly collaborative team setting is also a requirement.
Education:  A Ph.D. in ecology, environmental science, geomorphology, fluid dynamics, civil engineering, climate modeling or a closely related field.  The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line , please send a curriculum vitae, digitized copies of transcripts, names of three references, and a one-page cover letter detailing qualifications, research interests, and a proposed research topic to Joel Rowland at jrowland at lanl.gov<mailto:jrowland at lanl.gov> and Chonggang Xu at cxu at lanl.gov<mailto:cxu at lanl.gov>. Please include "Ecogeomorphology Postdoc Search" in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Additional Details:

No Clearance:  Position does not require a security clearance.  Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, or J. Robert Oppenheimer. For general information related to the Postdoc Program, salary and benefits go to: http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php.

Formal applications should be made through the LANL website. To apply, go to http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/jobs/all-jobs.php and search for job number.

Equal Opportunity:
Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations.  The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp at lanl.gov<mailto:applyhelp at lanl.gov> or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

This 2-3 year postdoc position is in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division working to improve predictions of the impacts of environmental change on the vulnerability and resilience of natural and human built systems. Earth System Observations (EES-14) works broadly across the traditional fields of geology, ecology, and atmospheric sciences, with an emphasis on experimental and observational sciences, often coupled to the development and improvement of predictive modeling. This postdoctoral position will focus on the predictive understanding in any or all the following areas: 1) the vegetation dynamics in the coastal regions, 2) sediment transport and coastal land scape evolution, and 3) the interactions of vegetation dynamics and sediment transport, using a combination of models and observations. This postdoctoral position will require the candidate to integrate and communicate with coastal ocean and infrastructure modelers, and aid in uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis of models and model outputs.

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