Postdoc opportunity at UC Berkeley and LBNL

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR – TERRESTRIAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL MODELING – DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, POLICY & MANAGEMENT This postdoctoral researcher position is for a scientist with expertise in analyzing agricultural systems, terrestrial biogeochemical processes, plant dynamics, and interactions with climate. The successful candidate will focus on California agriculture and challenges associated with climate change, and will be part of a large, multi-institution, and multi-disciplinary project. The position calls for expertise in numerical methods for land-surface modeling; uncertainty quantification; parameter estimation; and microbial, abiotic, and plant processes and interactions. 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. U.C. Berkeley and Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory are renowned centers of scientific expertise in many facets of fundamental and applied science in terrestrial processes. The postdoctoral researcher will also have opportunities to collaborate with researchers across our multi-institution project. The successful candidate may focus on several groups of agriculture-relevant processes, including coupled hydrological and biogeochemical dynamics, nutrient and carbon interactions, plant and microbe interactions, and management. We are also interested in developing methods to evaluate, against observations, process-level and emergent model responses, and in developing model benchmarking approaches..

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (1) understanding and use of state-of-the-art land-surface biogeochemical and agricultural models; (2) ability to develop representations of complex inter-related terrestrial ecosystem processes suitable for plot- to regional-scale models; (3) understanding of methods to benchmark land models against a diverse range of observations; (4) oral and written presentation of results; and (5) ability to work in an integrated team environment.

The anticipated start date for this appointment is June 1st 2016. The initial appointment is for 12 months, with renewal based on performance and funding. This is a full-time appointment.

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