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Leaf Photosynthesis Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate & Ecosystems)

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral 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 (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, finance or other 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! Berkeley Lab is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science.

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Leaf Photosynthesis Postdoctoral Fellow to 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 Berkeley Lab. We are 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.

Specific Responsibilities:


Focus on several groups of processes relevant to photosynthesis and autotrophic respiration, including: nutrient and carbon interactions, scaling from leaves to landscapes, ecosystem demographics and land cover change.

Analyze and quantify uncertainty in feedbacks between the atmosphere and terrestrial biosphere will be important components of the research.


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

Formulation and testing of hypotheses

Model development and implementation

Presentation of results at scientific meetings

Publishing of results in scientific journals

Required Qualifications:


PhD in plant physiology, ecology, or a related field

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

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

Ability to work in an integrated team environment

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



This is a 1 year term appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to 5 years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

This position requires completion of a background check.

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.

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