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[Met-jobs] Climate Change Postdoctoral Fellow (Tropics) - 76311

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:56:31 +0000

Company Name:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Location:  Berkeley, CA


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Climate Change Postdoctoral Fellow (Tropics) - 76311
Organization:  ES-Earth Sciences

The Climate Sciences Department in the Earth Sciences Division at Lawrence 
Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has an exciting opportunity for a 
postdoctoral researcher to study climate change impacts on tropical forests.  
An important goal of this work will be the improvement and testing of forest 
ecosystem models in ESMs.  We seek talented applicants with strong skills in 
(1) terrestrial ecosystem model development and algorithm coding; (2) the 
application of models to address complex questions at the interface of 
land-atmosphere interactions, ecosystem processes, vegetation demography, and 
ecophysiology; (3) sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification; and (4) 
the analysis and interpretation of large complex datasets (e.g., CMIP5).  
Specific research questions include:

Q1: What are the key uncertainties associated with the old-growth tropical 
forest carbon sink and how can we improve model treatment of these processes?

Q2: How do land models currently treat drought-induced mortality, and what 
structures are required to improve forest response to altered precipitation 
patterns?

Q3: How will shifts in gap-phase dynamics and community composition under 
elevated disturbance regimes act to amplify climate system feedbacks?

The successful applicant will join a large dynamic multi-disciplinary 
department that is making climate and carbon cycle observations, and developing 
and applying ecosystem, atmospheric process, and climate models. LBNL is a 
renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related 
fundamental and applied science.  The position is open immediately.

Responsibilities:
• Coding, development and use of state-of-the-art terrestrial ecosystem models 
to address complex Earth system questions
• Uncertainty and sensitivity quantification, and the use of existing 
experimental and observational datasets to evaluate existing and novel model 
structures and parameterizations
• Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.
• Author peer-reviewed journal articles and contribute to grant proposals

Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline
• Graduate Student or Postdoctoral research experience in ecosystem modeling 
and/or analysis and interpretation of complex datasets
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Established record of peer reviewed articles
• Preferred - Research activities focused on tropical forests
• Preferred - Specific modeling skills in ecosystem demography, dynamic 
vegetation, plant water relations, ecophysiology, gap dynamics, and related 
processes

Notes: This is a 1-year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of 
renewal for up to 5 years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing 
availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.



How To Apply
Apply directly online at http://bit.ly/lbl76311MetJobs and follow the on-line 
instructions to complete the application process.

Berkeley Lab is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to 
the development of a diverse workforce.



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