Climate Adaptation Scientist

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Berkeley, CA, US

Berkeley Lab’s Climate & Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Climate Adaptation Scientist.  

The Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division (CESD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) invites applications for a Career-Track Scientist to expand the division’s expertise in participatory research methods and the use of scientific information for climate adaptation decision-making.  The successful candidate will blend social science and Earth science approaches to understand factors that lead to the effective application of climate information to guide climate adaptation decisions in the water, energy, and/or land-use sectors.  A key component of this research will involve engagement with stakeholders to understand their decision contexts as well as the translation of these insights into scientific questions and hypotheses. 
This position provides an excellent opportunity to work with a highly skilled interdisciplinary team in CESD. Berkeley Lab is a renowned center of scientific expertise in many facets of climate-related fundamental and applied science. 

What You Will Do:

  • Understand the role of science in decision-making, particularly capabilities and limitations of current Earth system and climate models as they pertain to adaptation
  • Apply social science methods to understand the information needs of climate adaptation stakeholders
  • Communicate effectively across diverse professional and scientific communities
  • Plan and facilitate multi-disciplinary workshops, focus group discussions, and interviews
  • Develop project science plans that reflect decision-relevant questions and hypotheses
  • Author technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles 
  • Produce and deliver excellent oral and written presentations of scientific results 
  • Work collaboratively in a large multidisciplinary research team 
  • Successfully contribute to an active intellectual environment
  • May eventually supervise other early career research staff 

What is Required:

  • A Ph.D., or equivalent work experience, in interdisciplinary studies, environmental sciences, social science, atmospheric science, hydrologic science, civil and environmental engineering, or related field.  
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder engagement and co-production processes in an Earth sciences context, including experience with translating insights from stakeholder engagement into scientific questions and hypotheses
  • Working knowledge of current Earth and climate modeling capabilities and limitations
  • Working knowledge of the literature on the usability of scientific information for decision applications, and climate adaptation more broadly
  • Experience conducting interviews, surveys, focus group discussions, and workshop facilitation
  • Familiarity with Institutional Review Board processes for the ethical treatment of human subjects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse professional and intellectual communities
  • Ability to work in an integrated team environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • 1 year of postdoctoral research experience is highly desired. 
  • Background in climate adaptation and resilience

To be fully considered please provide the following materials in your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to the Scientific Mission of the Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division. (3 page limit)

For full consideration, please apply by March 26, 2021. This position will remain open until filled.


  • This is a full-time, two-year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to a career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
  • 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.

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.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.

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