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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.rdg.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:12:22 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Summary: A postdoctoral position is available at Los Alamos National
Laboratory to investigate interactions between vegetation mortality, the
terrestrial carbon cycle, and climate. Specifically, we are looking for
expertise in either remote sensing or terrestrial modeling at ecosystem
to global scales, thus we solicit applications from candidates with
interests and skills in either remote sensing or modeling. Depending on
expertise, the successful candidate will either: 1) develop and test
remote sensing approaches to detect vegetation mortality at large
scales, or 2) test and apply a new cutting-edge model of vegetation
physiology, survival, and mortality within the framework of the
Community Land Model (CLM) and the Community Earth System Model (CESM).
This position is part of an interdisciplinary project utilizing remote
sensing, field observations, ecosystem modeling, and climate modeling to
understand the drivers and consequences of vegetation mortality. The
successful applicant will work within an interdisciplinary team of staff
members, postdocs, and technicians from LANL as well as the National
Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Idaho, the University
of Montana, and Lawrence-Berkeley National Lab.

Required skills: experience with vegetation remote sensing using fine
spatial resolution data or using Landsat and MODIS, or, modeling
land-atmosphere interactions, preferably with the CESM and CLM in
high-performance computing environments. They should have demonstrated
ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, effective written and oral
communication skills, willingness to work in a team environment, and a
Ph.D. pending or received within the last five years. For the modeling
focus, the applicant should also have a working knowledge of FORTRAN, C
or C++ and analysis/visualization packages such as NCL, MATLAB, and/or IDL.

Desired skills: include knowledge of physiological or ecosystem ecology,
hydrology, and experience working with remotely sensed data.

Salary and benefits: see
<http://www.lanl.gov/science/postdocs/salary_guidelines.shtml>. About
Los Alamos: Los Alamos, New Mexico sits at 7,500' in the Southern Rocky
Mountains. The town is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with more than
300 days of sunshine per year during our four distinct seasons. Only
thirty miles away, Santa Fe includes a wide array of cultural
activities, including a wonderful outdoor opera house, world-class
museum and art galleries and a great selection of fine restaurants. For
more information or to apply please contact Nate McDowell
(<mcdowell@lanl.gov>) with your CV and potential start date. Note: this
position is intended to fill a vacancy and has guaranteed funding from
now through September 2013, with potential extensions. Candidates may
also be considered for prestigious Director's, Oppenheimer, Feynman or
Reines Fellowships. For general information refer to
<http://lanl.gov/science/postdocs/>


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