[Grad-postdoc-assn] Geological Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate and Carbon Sciences Program) - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Paula Fisher paulad at ucar.edu
Wed Apr 8 09:46:03 MDT 2015

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Subject: [CCSM-participants] Geological Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate and
Carbon Sciences Program) - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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*Geological Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate and Carbon Sciences Program) -
*Organization:  ES-Earth Sciences*

*Position Summary:*
The Climate and Carbon Sciences Program at Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) seeks a creative postdoctoral scientist to
improve the next generation of dynamic global vegetation models.

The primary goal of this project is to advance Earth system model
representation of changes in forest distribution and structure with climate
change. Science questions of interest include, How will climate change
alter the turnover of individual trees and of carbon in forest ecosystems?
How sensitive are rates of forest range shifts to interannual and
multi-decadal climate variability? How sensitive is forest development to
variation in tree recruitment following disturbance?  With what level of
detail must forest demographic processes be represented to accurately
capture forest responses to climate change at regional scales?

The postdoctoral fellow will interact closely with field experimentalists
and numerical modelers conducting research on tree demography and
physiology, demographic modeling, land-atmosphere interactions, and Earth
system modeling. The project involves a wide range of activities including
(a) synthesis of data from diverse sources, such as permanent plots and
field experiments, to create observational benchmarks for land surface
models with plant demography schemes (e.g., ED2, CLM(ED)); (b) model
sensitivity studies examining dependence of forest distribution and
structure on uncertain assumptions; and (c) algorithm development for key
processes such as tree recruitment and seed dispersal. The primary regions
of interest are Western North America and the moist-wet tropics.

The successful candidate will join a large, dynamic, and interdisciplinary
department that is making climate and ecosystem observations and developing
and applying ecosystem, atmospheric process, and climate models.
Collaborating principal investigators are Lara Kueppers, Jeff Chambers,
Charlie Koven, Nate McDowell (LANL), Rosie Fisher (NCAR) and others.
Berkeley Lab is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of
climate-related fundamental and applied science. The position starts Summer

Applicants are asked to upload a CV, one-page statement of research
interests, up to three publications as PDFs, and contact information for
three references to the LBNL application portal (
http://jobs.lbl.gov/open-positions.html) under position number 80687.  For
full consideration, please apply by 5:00 PM (Pacific Time), April 24, 2015.

*Required Qualifications:*
• PhD in ecology, forest science, Earth system science, applied
mathematics, or other relevant discipline
• Strong quantitative foundation in statistics or numerical modeling
• Demonstrated ability to design, conduct, and publish research related to
plant demography or climate-ecosystem interactions
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Established record of publication and presentation
• Ability to start Summer 2015
• Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills necessary for working
in a multidisciplinary research team
• Programming experience

This is a 1 year term appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to
3 years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of
funds, and ongoing operational needs.  Salary for postdoctoral positions
depends on years of experience post-degree.

This position requires completion of a background check.

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

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or
protected veteran status.
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