Postdoctoral Research Associate (Root water uptake in forested ecosystems; Argonne National Laboratory) via AGU

University of Illinois-Chicago

Chicago, IL, US

We solicit applications for a postdoctoral researcher at University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Lab with expertise in land surface modeling and ecohydrology.

The individual selected will work on a Department of Energy project to study root water uptake in forested ecosystems. The project involves: (1) validation and improvements to a new dynamic root module for community land surface models, (2) field work at flux towers in the midwestern US and (3) laboratory analysis of wood and root samples. The candidate will be responsible for modifying and running the E3SM model and analyzing model output. However, depending on the background and interests of the selected individual, they will have opportunities to directly contribute to a subset of other project activities listed above.

The position requires a doctorate degree in Ecology, Earth Sciences, or a related field; strong quantitative and logical skills; and familiarity with Earth or climate system modeling. Candidates are expected to have strong curiosity, self-motivation and capacity for independent work, with strong writing and oral communication skills. Experience with numerical modeling and high performance computing are required. Preference will be given to candidates with strong data analysis skills.

Applicants should include a current CV and names and contact information for three professional references. Application materials will be accepted immediately and can be submitted by email to [email protected]. The position is available immediately. More information about the associated labs can be found here: and here:

Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.