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Land Use, Climate, and Carbon Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate & Ecosystems)

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/9/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree


Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Land Use, Climate, and Carbon Postdoctoral Fellow. You will contribute to a growing body of research on the climate and carbon implications of land use and landcover change. Our research aims to understand process-level interactions among the atmosphere, managed landscapes, and biogeochemistry across a range of spatial and temporal scales, and to provide quantitative insight into the role that land management can play in mitigating anthropogenic climate change through carbon sequestration, reduced emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases, and through regional changes in surface energy and water fluxes. The Postdoctoral Fellow will advance this research at the regional scale examining detailed scenarios of alternative land use and land management in California and their implications for state greenhouse gas mitigation goals, as well as at the global scale.

What You Will Do:


Conduct simulations of regional and global carbon cycle and climate dynamics under alternative scenarios of land use and land cover change.

Develop a framework for examining uncertainty across a range of potential land-use scenarios and for translating high-level scenarios into detailed land-use projections.

Evaluate model performance using a variety of observations and analytical approaches.

Author technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.

What Is Required:


Recent Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, ecology, soil science, atmospheric science, physics, applied mathematics, energy studies, or a closely related field.

Experience in land surface modeling with a focus on the role of human land management in controlling biogechemical and biogeohysical processes, and/or the dynamic responses of land use and management to climate variability and change.

Experience using field methods or remote sensing approaches to understand land-use change and its implications will be considered a strength.

Demonstrated ability to perform comprehensive analyses making use of different subsets of simulations, evaluation datasets, and advanced analysis techniques.

Demonstrated proficiency with one or more programming languages (especially Python, R, and/or Fortran).

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 30, 2016.



Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.

This is a 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 of years paid postdoctoral experience.

Salary will be predetermined based on student/postdoctoral step rates.

This position requires completion of a background check.

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