Global Climate Postdoctoral Fellow (Climate & Ecosystems)

Berkeley Lab

Berkeley, CA, US

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Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Global Climate Postdoctoral Fellow. You will work with Prof. David Romps on the dynamics of shallow clouds and their representation in global climate models.  The research will include the use of observations of shallow convection provided by collaborators (including lidar, scanning-radar, and stereo-photogrammetric data), the use of large-eddy simulations of shallow convection designed to replicate those observations, and the Department of Energy’s global climate model, ACME.  The successful candidate will work to understand the physical processes that set cloud cover and to develop physically based parameterizations of shallow convection and shallow cloud cover for the next generation of the ACME model.


What You Will Do:

  • Use observations and LES to gain new insights into shallow convection and cloud cover.

  • Modify existing cloud parameterizations and, as needed, develop new ones.

  • Evaluate the modified and/or new schemes in a global climate model.

  • Author technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.

  • Produce and deliver presentations of scientific results.

  • Work collaboratively in a large multidisciplinary research team.

  • Successfully contribute to an active intellectual environment.


What Is Required:

  • Recent Ph.D. in atmospheric science, fluid dynamics, or a closely related field.

  • Demonstrated ability to tackle important questions with the scientific method and to publish those results.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with one or more programming languages (especially Fortran).

  • Demonstrated excellent communications skills for presentation of research.

  • Ability to work effectively in a large and integrated team.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with climate model development.

  • Experience with large-eddy simulations.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on March 31, 2017.



  • 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.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”