Postdoctoral fellowships to study tropical forest

Postdoctoral fellowships to study tropical forest responses to climate at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Summary:  Two postdoctoral positions are available within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division to work on forest mortality modeling and hydrology modeling of tropical forests in relation to climate change.  Successful applicants will work with the most recent version of the Community Land Model (Ecosystem Demography) (CLM(ED)) in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other DOE national laboratories as part of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE) Tropics.  This is a broad advertisement and all interested parties are invited to apply, as the final focus of the project will be open to the postdoc’s expertise.  We encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and draw upon large and unique data sets to study linkages between large-scale forest processes and climate change.

Required skills include experience using numerical simulation models to predict land surface processes, demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, effective written and oral communication skills, willingness to work in a team environment, and a Ph.D. pending or received within the last five years.

Desired skills include knowledge of hydrology, physiological, ecosystem, population, or community ecology, fortran or C programming, and experience with the linux operating system. For the mortality position, experience with CLM or ED is an advantage. For the hydrology position, experience with 3-D numerical models of subsurface proceses, root-zone to leaf level water transport, and plant-water interactions are advantageous.

For more information or to apply please send a resume and a short statement of your future research goals to Nate McDowell (,


Candidates may be considered for a Director’s Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information about LANL’s postdoctoral program please refer to the