Postdoctoral Fellow – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Tropical Forest Carbon Allocation
The NGEE-Tropics project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to combine observational synthesis, ecological theory, and numerical model development to explore the roles of tree carbon allocation strategies in governing the responses of tropical forests to climate change, increased CO2, and disturbance. The project involves model development, testing models against observations, and evaluation of different representations of allocation dynamics in a demographic vegetation model used in the CESM and ACME Earth system models.
What You Will Do
- Focus on the strategies of carbon allocation by trees and their relation to plant traits, life history strategies, and plant competition.
- Develop theories for plant allocation across a range of model complexity from first-principle theories to representation within fully-coupled Earth system models.
- Develop strategies to test allocation models against observations across gradients of moisture, succession, and nutrients within tropical forests.
- Statistical analyses of forest inventory data, allometric data, and carbon flux data.
- Explore the implications of alternate allocation strategies on carbon dynamics, plant competition, and plant trait distributions under scenarios of climate change, CO2 concentration and land use.
What Is Required
- PhD in relevant field (e.g., climate science, ecology, plant physiology, forestry).
- Proficient coding skills in, at a minimum, data analysis languages (Python, R, matlab, etc), and ideally, in compiled languages such as Fortran.
- Knowledge of and interest in carbon cycle and ecological science concepts.
- Experience with analysis of both observational and model-derived datasets.
- Ability to understand and use state-of-the-art land-surface biogeochemical models.
- Evidence of ability to publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.
- Ability and desire to work within an integrated, multi-institution team whose activities span from field research to Earth system model development.
- We particularly encourage applicants with field experience or other backgrounds working in tropical forests.
- This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
- Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
- This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
- Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
- This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
- Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
How To Apply
Apply directly online at https://lbl.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=83108 and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on March 22, 2017.
Feel free to contact Charlie Koven, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Postdoctoral Research Associate – Brookhaven National Laboratory
Remote Sensing of Limitations on Plant Growth
The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science and Technology (TEST) group (www.bnl.gov/test) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is seeking a post-doc interested in developing the scientific foundation and technical ability to measure the balance between plant resource capture and utilization, repeatedly and non-destructively using remote sensing techniques that will provide sophisticated biological markers for physiological breeding programs. The post-doc will work closely with Drs. Shawn Serbin and Alistair Rogers to: (1) develop and validate relationships between physiological and biochemical markers for plant growth and the remote sensing signatures of those markers, thus enabling the retrieval of our diagnostic indices remotely and non-destructively, (2) will evaluate the use of these markers to non-destructively diagnose limitations on plant growth in a model system in a controlled environment, and (3) evaluate this physiological screening approach in the field using our existing unmanned aerial systems (UASs).
The successful candidate will join a small, highly collaborative, supportive group and have access to a high throughput robot based platform for biochemical analysis of plant traits, infrared gas analyzers, high-spectral resolution spectro-radiometers, thermal cameras, a recently refurbished greenhouse, and a fenced and irrigated field site. He or she will also be able to leverage our existing UAS program, including small and heavy-lift UAS platforms as well as established permits to fly over our proposed field site.
- A Ph.D. in plant biology, remote sensing, or a closely related field (If not already graduated, Ph.D must be expected by April 2017),
- Effective written and oral communication skills,
- A record of publication in high quality internationally recognized journals.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Experience with biochemical assays, gas exchange measurements, spectroscopy, remote sensing, or UASs,
- Experience with R, or a similar language,
- Demonstrated knowledge of whole plant physiology, especially plant growth,
- Demonstrated knowledge of spectroscopy, especially the retrieval of plant traits from spectra.
For additional information and to apply applicants should visit the BNL Careers website (jobs.bnl.gov) and search for Job #920. We are now considering applications and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. Our preferred start date is May 1, 2017.
Research Scientist – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Modeling Terrestrial Hydrology in the Earth System
The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting a research scientist to conduct innovative research in modeling terrestrial hydrology in Earth System Models.
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PNNL is recruiting a research scientist to advance modeling and understanding of terrestrial hydrological processes in the Earth system. The successful candidate will conduct research to improve representation of surface/subsurface hydrologic processes focusing on one or more of the following areas: soil hydrology, riverine processes, terrestrial-aquatic interactions, carbon-hydrology interactions, and the coupled human-natural processes. Combined with observations, the candidate will also work with a team of PNNL scientists to design, perform, and analyze modeling experiments to understand the role of terrestrial hydrological processes in the Earth system, including their response and feedback to perturbations.
A Ph.D. degree in hydrological sciences, environmental and civil engineering or related fields. Experience with hydrologic modeling and high performance computing will be considered favorably during the evaluation.
To apply, please visit http://jobs.pnnl.gov and search for job ID 306092.
Applications should include the following:
- Cover letter describing the applicant’s research experience and interests.
- Curriculum vitae with a list of publications in refereed journals.
- Names and addresses of three references.
Interested candidates may send further inquiries to Ruby Leung (Ruby.Leung@pnnl.gov).
Education and Training Opportunities
DOE Office of Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program
To apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall Internship, check https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories/facilities.
Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.
Funding and Fellowships
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
Application deadline: May 16, 2017, at 5:00PM Eastern Time
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program provides supplemental awards for Ph.D. students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory for 3 to 12 consecutive months.
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications. 2017 Solicitation #1 applications are due May 16, 2017 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.
The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.