Postdoctoral Researcher (Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) project)

University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
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We're looking for a creative and self-motivated postdoc to join the Keenan Group at UC Berkeley ( The postdoc will work on a NASA-funded SMAP project, which is focused on quantifying the role of water in regulating global ecosystem state and function. A key focus of this project will be examining ecological responses to changes in both soil moisture amount and state, using retrievals from NASAs Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission.

NASA’s SMAP mission represents a unique opportunity to link the terrestrial carbon, water and energy cycles to identify vulnerable populations, hotspots and critical thresholds of vegetation-water relations. The project will use remote sensing retrievals from SMAP and GRACE, eddy-covariance observations and land surface models. The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of those areas and should have strong quantitative skills.

Specific duties of the position include:
• The application of quantitative analytical methods to large datasets
• Critical appraisal of ecological and physiological theory
• Model development and implementation
• Presentation of results at scientific meetings
• Publishing of results in scientific journals
• Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students

Required qualifications:
• PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications:
• Proficient coding skills in at least one of: R, Matlab, Python, Fortran
• Knowledge of ecophysiology and plant biochemistry
• Both numerical and communication skills
• Evidence of ability to publish results in relevant journals
• Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team

The review of applicants will begin on November 20th, and continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application below by November 20th in order to be given full consideration.