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[Met-jobs] Ecosystem Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate Uncertanties) - 76310

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:56:57 +0000

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


Ecosystem Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate Uncertanties) - 76310
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 analyze interactions between tropical ecosystems and 
the atmosphere, and to use those analyses to inform observational and 
experimental needs for land model improvement. The project will involve 
analysis of Earth System Model (ESM) predictions, development of 
observationally-based model benchmarks, and land model development. We seek 
talented applicants with skills in (1) application of ESMs to analyze 
land-atmosphere interactions, ecosystem processes, and demography; (2) 
sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification; (3) quantification of 
feedback processes; (4) terrestrial ecosystem model development and algorithm 
coding; and (5) the analysis and interpretation of large complex datasets 
(e.g., CMIP5).

The successful candidate may focus on several groups of important tropical 
ecosystem and atmospheric interactions and analyses, including: (1) sensitivity 
experiments to mimic experimental manipulations; (2) conducting global model 
experiments to test the sensitivity of tropical forests to increasing 
atmospheric CO2, nutrient limitation, rising temperature, and land use change; 
(3) investigating multi-model tropical ecosystem responses to climate change; 
(4) testing improvements to the representation of nutrient limitations relevant 
to tropical regions; and (5) identifying tropical ecoregions and 
representativeness of potential sampling locations. The successful applicant 
will join a large dynamic interdisciplinary 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.

• Experience with 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 model structures 
and parameterizations
• Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.
• Author peer-reviewed journal articles and contribute to grant proposals.

• 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 

Notes: This is a 1-year term 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 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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