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[Met-jobs] Geological Project Scientist - land-atmosphere interactions

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:57:59 +0000

Geological Project Scientist - 76967
Organization:  ES-Earth Sciences

This Project Scientist position is for an individual 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 and 
development of observationally-based model benchmarks.  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) 
analysis of site-level and remote sensing data to develop benchmarks for ESM 
land model evaluation; and (5) the analysis and interpretation of large 
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. Although the position will 
begin with a focus on tropical systems, we seek an interdisciplinary scientist 
with expertise and interests in diverse terrestrial systems.

The work will require an applicant with a wide range of skills: (1) good 
understanding of the tropical biogeochemical processes most important for 
climate prediction; (2) ability to manipulate and analyze large observational 
and model-derived datasets; (3) ability to perform statistical and analytical 
analyses of interactions between the terrestrial biosphere and atmosphere; (4) 
oral and written presentation of results; and (5) ability to work in an 
integrated team environment.

• Perform uncertainty and sensitivity quantification
• Use existing experimental and observational datasets to evaluate existing 
model structures and parameterizations
• Evaluate land and atmospheric biogeophysical feedbacks and their uncertainty.
• Manipulate and analyze large observational and model-derived datasets.
• Work as a member of a large multidisciplinary research team.
• Author technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.

• Recent PhD or postdoctoral experience;
• Ability to analyze coupled atmosphere and land-surface models to characterize 
• Research experience in analysis and interpretation of complex datasets.
• Established record of peer reviewed articles.
• Ability to work creatively, independently, and productively;
• Oral and written presentation of results; and
• Ability to work in an integrated team environment.

NOTE:  This is a 1 year term appointment with the possibility of renewal. Equal 
Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an affirmative action/equal opportunity 
employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce.

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 Employment Opportunity employer 
committed to the development of a safe and diverse workforce.

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