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[Met-jobs] Met-Jobs Job Posting: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Radiation Research Scientist)

From Jennifer Reddell <>
Date Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:15:57 -0500


Radiation Research Scientist - 80464
Organization:  ES-Earth Sciences
Position Summary:
This Career Track Research Scientist position is for an individual with expertise in radiative processes in the Earth’s climate and the implications of these processes for global environmental change. We seek an interdisciplinary scientist with expertise and interests in a broad array of fundamental and applied atmospheric science to join the Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for Integrative Modeling of the Earth System (CLIMES). The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team in the Climate Sciences Department at LBNL. The Department is active in advancing many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science.

The successful candidate will focus on understanding the fundamental radiative forcings and feedbacks in the climate system.  The work will synthesize comprehensive observations from surface observatories, airborne platforms, and satellites with sophisticated radiative transfer modeling and the latest Earth system models. The goals of this position are to detect and attribute recent changes in the climate system from these data and to project the implications of these changes for future climates. The position entails using a combination of empirical, theoretical, and computational radiative transfer in order to attain these goals. The successful applicant will actively collaborate to realize these opportunities through development of externally funded research program.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Analyze the radiative effects of greenhouse gases, aerosols, and clouds using state-of-the-science observations.
• Understand the implications of these radiative effects using advanced Earth system models.
• Emulate and interpret these effects using radiative transfer models ranging from parameterized to line-by-line codes.
• Develop theoretical frameworks for the connections among radiative forcings, responses, and feedbacks.
• Apply these theoretical frameworks to project how the climate system will evolve subject to anthropogenic influences.
• Advance the diagnosis of climate models and development of the next generation of satellite remote sensing missions.
• Develop an externally funded research program.
• Author technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles
• Produce and deliver high-profile oral and written presentations of scientific results
• Work collaboratively in a large multidisciplinary research team
• Contribute to an active intellectual environment

Essential Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in atmospheric science, physics, applied mathematics, or a closely related field.
• Require a wide range of skills in:
   - Application of a wide array of radiative observations and models to interpret the climate record
   - Intensive use of state-of-the-science Earth system models
   - Investigation of the connections between atmospheric radiation, physics, and dynamics
   - Development of theories that connect radiative forcings, responses, and feedbacks
   - Oral and written presentation of results
   - Ability to work in an integrated team environment
• Working knowledge of the radiative processes in the Earth’s climate system.
• Experience in the development or use of coupled climate models.
• Experience in analysis of the climate system using simulations, observations, and advanced analytical techniques.
• Strong written and oral communications skills.
• Strong mathematical skills.
• Demonstrated ability to initiate and conduct innovative and creative research.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

Notes: This is a 1-year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

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 addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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.


Jennifer Reddell
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