Earth Research Scientist

Berkeley Lab
Berkeley, CA, United States
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Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area has an opening for a Research Scientist in Integrated Hydrological Modeling. In this position, you will be expected to work on a wide variety of integrated hydrology problems related to water quantity and quality and to employ a range of tools from data-driven to mechanistic models, and a combination of them, with consideration of the appropriate climate drivers.


This is a three-year term appointment with the possibility of being promoted to career based on performance and available funding to support the position.

What You Will Do:

  • Develop and use models to understand hydrological response to perturbations at multiple scales, from the global to the regional to the watershed scale.
  • Combine data-driven, machine-learning and mechanistic modeling approaches to advance understanding of integrated hydrology problems affected by evolving climate forcings.
  • Analyze and integrate complex datasets including high-resolution climate data and distributed hydrological measurements.
  • Use weather forecasting and climate models to drive mechanistic integrated hydrological models, subsetting results where needed.
  • Use a variety of computational codes available in the Department of Energy software ecosystem that simulate overland and/or subsurface flow and reactive transport.  
  • Develop new research areas and proposals.
  • Conduct innovative research and publish in peer reviewed and high impact journals
  • Regularly present findings at major conferences and workshops
  • Contribute to Lab and Community Professional Service, and lead/organize workshops/meetings.
  • Collaborate with and/or lead others in groups and forge/lead collaborations across the Area, Lab and with colleagues at external institutions.

What is Required: 

  • Ph.D., or equivalent work experience, in hydrology, geology, civil engineering, or a related field.
  • High level of expertise in applying modern software to integrated hydrology problems.
  • High level of expertise in machine-learning techniques for climate and integrated hydrology applications.
  • High level of expertise in using modern weather forecasting and climate software.
  • Expertise in identifying and interpreting spatio-temporal hydrologic patterns.
  • Expertise in high performance computing.
  • Ability to interact and collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of scientists.
  • Ability to identify and develop new research areas and proposals.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


  • This is a full time, 3-year career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.