Postdoctoral Researcher – 3D Reactive Transport Models

Postdoctoral Researcher – 3D Reactive Transport Models – 74048
Organization: ES-Earth Sciences

The Climate Sciences Department of the Earth Sciences Division has an exciting opportunity for a scientist with expertise in development, testing, and application of three-dimensional (3D) reactive transport models, with specific focus on high-latitude biogeochemistry and hydrology. The work will be part of the DOE-sponsored Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE), whose ultimate goals include the development of a mechanistic high-latitude land model capable of integration with CESM and characterization of potential atmospheric feedbacks under expected climate change.

The position offers an excellent environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team and will require strong motivation and excellent oral and written communication skills. Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science.

The successful candidate will focus on integration of C and N biogeochemical reaction networks in a 3D model (e.g., PFLOTRAN, Amanzi), testing of the model against extant and new NGEE observations, application of the model to characterize feedbacks, and scaling approaches applicable to an ESM-scale land model (i.e., CLM). The work will focus on several groups of important high-latitude processes, including: (1) biogeochemistry of GHG fluxes from thawing permafrost, wetlands, and thermokarst lakes; (2) interactions between vegetation and microbial N demands; and (3) impacts on the surface energy and GHG budgets due to decadal-scale changes in vegetation, biogeochemistry, and hydrology.

The work will require an applicant with a wide range of skills: (1) use of state-of-the-art 3D reactive transport models; (2) ability to develop representations of complex inter-related terrestrial ecosystem processes suitable for these types of models; (3) oral and written presentation of results; and (4) ability to work in an integrated team environment. A recent PhD in an applicable discipline is required.

Note: This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon performance, funding, and continued operational need.

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