Postdoctoral Researcher – Land-Surface Biogeochemical Modeler

Postdoctoral Researcher – Land-Surface Biogeochemical Modeler – 74047
Organization: ES-Earth Sciences

The Climate Sciences Department of the Earth Sciences Division has an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in development, testing, and application of below- and aboveground biogeochemical models, with focus on high-latitude systems and atmospheric feedbacks. 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 work on, in CLM, static and dynamic vegetation, soil biogeochemistry, testing the model against extant and new NGEE observations, and applying the model to characterize feedbacks. The work will focus on several groups of important high-latitude processes, including: (1) characterization of high-latitude vegetation; (2) prediction of future vegetation distributions; (3) vegetation-mediated biophysical feedbacks with the atmosphere; (4) interactions between vegetation and soil microbial N demands; and (5) 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 land-surface models (i.e., CLM); (2) understanding of methods to model vegetation and belowground processes and dynamics; (3) oral and written presentation of results; and (4) ability to work in an integrated team environment. Must have a recent PhD in applicable discipline.

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

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