Postdoctoral Scholar (Climate & Ecosystem)

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher.


Date posted

Aug. 14, 2017 12:00 am

Application deadline

Sep. 14, 2017 12:00 am


Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)


  • United States

Job description

Postdoctoral Scholar (Climate & Ecosystem)-83991

Organization:CE-Climate & Ecosystems

Description: Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher. This postdoctoral researcher position will focus on developing a theoretical understanding of acclimation of leaf photosynthesis and respiration, and explore implications for global photosynthesis and the carbon cycle, based at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The successful candidate may focus on several groups of processes relevant to photosynthesis and autotrophic respiration, including: nutrient and carbon interactions, within canopy allocation, scaling from leaves to landscapes, and ecosystem demographics. I am particularly interested in integrating theory of leaf resource allocation with observations to develop parsimonious process-level descriptions of the acclimation of photosynthesis and respiration, using a variety of observations, and integrating discoveries into state-of-the-art land surface models. Analyzing and quantifying uncertainty in feedbacks between the atmosphere and terrestrial biosphere will be important components of the research. The ideal candidate will be highly creative, have strong numerical and critical thinking skills, experience working with large datasets, and a working familiarity with the processes governing rates of photosynthesis and respiration. Berkeley Lab is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science. 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. The position will also involve collaboration with researchers at both national and international institutes. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal subject to performance and funding, ideally starting this Sept/Oct 2017.

What You Will Do:

  • The creation and analysis of a global database of plant traits.
  • Statistical analysis of key traits.
  • Development of first-principles theory underlying the governing controls of specific traits.
  • The formulation and testing of hypotheses.
  • Model development and implementation.
  • Presentation of results at scientific meetings.
  • Publishing of results in scientific journals.

What is Required:

  • PhD in plant physiology, ecology, or a related field.
  • Candidates must be within 4 years of receiving their PhD.
  • Proficient coding skills in at least one of: R, Matlab, Python, Fortran.
  • Knowledge of ecophysiology and plant biochemistry.
  • Experience working with data relevant to plant states, traits and rates.
  • The ability to understand and use state-of-the-art land-surface biogeochemical models.
  • Both numerical and communication skills.
  • Evidence of ability to publish results in relevant journals.
  • An ability to work in an integrated team environment.

More information and application instructions:

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